IRS Form W-5, Earned Income Credit Advance Payment Certificate, was previously used by individuals to request a portion of their Earned Income Credit ahead of their paycheck.

When individuals filed form W-5, their employers would reduce the amount of income tax withheld from their paycheck according to the amount of their Earned Income Credit advance.

However, Form W-5 has been out of use since 2010.

Tax rules changed in 2010 so that individuals can now only receive the Earned Income Credit after filing IRS Form 1040, Individual Income Tax Return.

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