If you work, but aren't necessarily making a lot of money, the Earned Income Credit could help you. The EIC, which was created in 1975, is now the largest anti-poverty program in the United States.
If you have children, this could be the program for you; and in this case--the more the better!
In 2010, a taxpayer with three children can receive up to of $5,666 from the Earned Income Credit.
To determine if your child is a "qualifying child" for the purposes of the Earned Income Credit, there are three main requirements:
1. Relationship -- child must be "closely" related to taxpayer according to IRS rules.
2. Residency - child must live with taxpayer for more than 6 months of the year.
3. Age -- the child must have been under age 19, a full-time student under age 24 or any age if permanently and totally disabled.
If that sounds like you, there is a good chance that the Earned Income Credit can help you!