The Internal Revenue Service has unveiled a new tool to help tax professionals determine whether their clients are eligible for the earned income tax credit.

The IRS said that the new EITC Assistant, which is available in English and Spanish, aims to help minimize EITC errors.

The EITC Assistant will help determine eligibility for the credit, the filing status of the taxpayers, and whether the taxpayers' children meet the definition of "qualifying children" for EITC purposes. Beginning next year, the IRS said that tax professionals and taxpayers will be able to use it to calculate the amount of the expected credit.

The IRS said that the tool, which is available now at, will be prominently displayed on the IRS Web site,, during the 2005 filing season.

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