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What can a Married Filing Separately Taxpayer Claim?

Most tax credits and tax benefits are not offered to taxpayers who are married but are filing separately instead of married and filing jointly with their spouse. Below is a table of what a taxpayer who is married but files separate tax return can claim.

Tax credit
Is a married filing separately person eligible to claim?
Earned income credit (EIC) No
Child and dependent care tax credit No
Child tax credit Yes
Additional child tax credit


Education tax credits (Hope and Lifetime learning tax credits) No

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