Catalog Number 35113Q www.irs.gov
Form 886-H-EIC (Rev. 10-2017)
2. Each child that you claim must be related to you in
one of the ways listed below. If the child is
Then, send in copies of:
Your niece or nephew
One or more birth certificates or other legal documents proving how you are related. For example, the child’s birth certificate, showing
your brother as the father, your brother’s birth certificate showing your mother’s name and your birth certificate showing your
If the names aren’t on the birth certificates, you need another type of document such as a court decree or paternity test.
Your brother, sister, half brother, or half sister
One or more birth certificates or other legal documents proving how you are related. For example, If you are claiming your half-
brother, you need your brother’s birth certificate with the name of your mother or father and your birth certificate with the name of the
same mother or father.
Both birth certificates must have the name of the parent in common. If not, you need another type of document, such as a
court decree or paternity test results.
Your stepson, stepdaughter, step-brother, step-sister,
step-grandchild, or step-great grandchild
One or more birth certificates or other legal documents, such as court papers or marriage licenses, proving how you are related.
If the birth certificate doesn’t have the name of the parent to prove how you are related, you need another type of
document, such as court decree or DNA test results.
A child pending adoption
If the adoption is not final, you need a statement on letterhead from an authorized adoption agency.
Your foster child placed with you by an authorized
A statement on the letterhead of the authorized placement agency or the court document placing the child with you during 2017.
3. Age of each child that you claim is: Then, send in copies of:
Under age 19 at the end of 2017 and younger than you (or your
spouse if filing a joint return)
Nothing at this time.
● age 19 but under age 24 at the end of 2017, and
● a full-time student for any part of 5 calendar months during
● younger than you (or your spouse if filing a joint return)
● School records showing the child was considered a full-time student for any part of five months of the tax year.
It can be any five months of the year. The months do not have to be consecutive.
● The school records must show the child's name and the dates the child attended school during 2017.
Any age and permanently and totally disabled at any time
A letter from a doctor, other health care provider, a social service program or government agency verifying the person is:
permanently and totally disabled. To be permanently and totally disabled for EIC purposes, the condition must last or be expected to
last continuously for at least a year or is expected to result in death; and the person can’t work or perform other substantial gainful
We must have proof for all three: you are related to the child, the child lived with you and the child's age. If you don't have or can't get the legal
documents that we ask for, you can't claim EITC with that child. But, you may still be eligible for EIC without a qualifying child.
Important things to check before sending copies of your documents to us:
Your records and documents prove all three; the child lived with you, is related to you and is a certain age. If not, we cannot allow your claim for EIC.
Your documents are for 2017 not the current year.
If your documents are not in English, you are sending a legally translated document.
We cannot accept documents signed by someone related to you for example, your sister takes care of the child while you work. You can’t send a statement signed by your
sister as the childcare provider to prove the child lived with you.
You are using the same record or document to prove different things. For example, you use a school record to show the child attended school from January to May and then another
record showing the same child attended from September to December during 2017. If the records show your address and list you as the parent, you can use the records to prove the
child lived with you for more than half the year in 2017 and that the child is related to you. If the child is age 19 but under age 24, the records also prove the child is the right age.