Grandparents Caring for Grandchildren Should

Check Their Eligibility for ETIC

Grandparents who work and are also raising grandchildren might benefit from the earned income tax credit. If grandparents are the primary caretaker of their grandchildren remember these facts:

  • Grandparent who is working, has a grandchild living with them may qualify, even if the grandparent is 65 years of age or older
  • Generally grandchild must meet the dependency and qualifying child requirements for ETIC
  • Rules for grandparents are the same for parents claiming EITC
  • Special rules and restrictions apply if the child’s parents or other family also qualify for the ETIC
  • Special rules for individuals receiving disability benefits and members of the military
  • To qualify, grandparent must have earned income for a job or self-employment
  • Eligible grandparents must file a tax return, even if they don’t owe any tax or aren’t required to file