1040-US: Earned Income Credit calculating when one spouse is either over 65 or under 25

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Question

Why is the Earned Income Credit calculating when one spouse is either over 65 or under 25?

Answer

Internal Revenue Publication 596 for the Earned Income Credit, states under the age rule that "If you are married filing a joint return, either you or your spouse must be at least 25 but under age 65 at the end of the tax year." It does not matter which spouse meets the age rule, as long as one of the spouses does.

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