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Schedule 8812

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Can someone please explain to me the second paragraph on schedule 8812 (What's New) which read,

"Earned Income figured for additional child tax credit.  Recent legislation for 2020 allows an election to use prior year earned income when figuring the additional child tax credit. see line 6a"  I have a client that have 3 children but made only about 7000 in 2020.  My question is, does the above statement means I can use his 2019 income (25,080 ) this year instead of his 7000 income in 2020.


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yes you can use the 2019 lookback if your earned income in 2020 is less than 2019, sometimes it makes it better, sometimes it doesnt, not a one size fits all