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EITC 2018

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a federal and state tax benefit for individuals and families who earn low-to moderate incomes in NJ. It is a tax credit that may reduce the amount of taxes you owe, or provide you with a refund, even if you don’t owe any taxes.

To get the NJ state EITC, you must file a federal tax form, be eligible for the federal EITC and file a state income tax return (if you are married but file separately, you may not claim the NJ EITC).


You May Be Eligible

If you worked full- or part-time or you were self-employed in 2018, you may qualify. 

To qualify, your earned income and adjusted gross income (AGI) must be less than:

  • $49,194 ($54,884 married filing jointly) with three or more qualifying children
  • $45,802 ($51,492 married filing jointly) with two qualifying children
  • $40,320 ($46,010 married filing jointly) with one qualifying child
  • $15,270 ($20,950 married filing jointly) with no qualifying children

For the 2018 Tax year, you could receive a maximum federal credit of:

  • $6,431 with three or more qualifying children
  • $5,716 with two qualifying children
  • $3,461 with one qualifying child
  • $   519 with no qualifying children

 And a maximum NJ state credit of:

  • $2,380 with three or more qualifying children
  • $2,115 with two qualifying children
  • $1,281 with one qualifying child
  • $   192 with no qualifying children

(Investment income must be $3,500 or less for the year.)


You can find out if you are eligible and get an estimate of your credit by visiting the Internal Revenue Services (IRS) EITC Assistant

2018 EITC Flyer – Eng/Sp  -  PDF


Get FREE Tax Help!

Free assistance in the preparation and filing of your federal and state Income Tax Returns is available at local Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites. For a location near you, call NJ’s Hotline 2-1-1 or visit or visit the IRS Vita Site Locator Tool.


NJ EITC Partners:

NJ Department of Human Services -
Division of Family Development

 Public Service Electric & Gas (PSE&G)

Internal Revenue Service (IRS) 1-800-829-1040

NJ Department of Treasury - Division of Taxation   1-800-323-4400 or 1-888-895-9179

Advocates for Children of New Jersey (ACNJ) 1-973-643-3876




Updated: 01/15/19

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