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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!