So my husband and I (despite years of trying) don't have any kids. We make a decent amount of money, so we don't qualify for the EIC on our taxes. Just for the heck of it I put that we had 1 child into the tax program (I changed it back, I am not commiting tax fraud), and instead of making $20,000 to much to qualify we only made about $500 to much. Why is that? Do people honestly spend $20,000 a year on ONE CHILD? I mean maybe rich people do (I don't know how, but I am sure they find a way) but EIC is for poor people. Why on earth would poor people spend that kind of money? I don't care that I don't qualify, and I think it is great for people that do, I just don't understand the giant jump from a couple to a family of three. Do you think that you spend even close to that on your kid each year?