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File a Tax Return to Claim the Tax Benefit You Earned!

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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.

EITC refunds won’t count as income when you apply for or renew benefits such as food assistance, cash assistance, Medicaid or public housing. If you save your EITC refund, it will not count against the resource/asset limits of these federally-funded programs for 12 months after the refund is received.

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).

Visit www.irs.gov/eitc for more information on filing for the federal EITC or call 1-800-829-1040.

For more income and eligibility information on filing for the NJ EITC visit www.njeitc.org or call 609-292-6400.

 

You May Be Eligible

If you worked full- or part-time or you were self-employed in 2019, you may qualify. 

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

  • $50,162 ($55,952 married filing jointly) with three or more qualifying children
  • $46,703 ($52,493 married filing jointly) with two qualifying children
  • $41,094($46,884 married filing jointly) with one qualifying child
  • $15,570 ($21,370 married filing jointly) with no qualifying children

For the 2019 Tax year, you could receive a maximum federal credit of:

  • $6,557 with three or more qualifying children
  • $5,828 with two qualifying children
  • $3,526 with one qualifying child
  • $   529 with no qualifying children

 And a maximum NJ state credit of:

  • $2,557 with three or more qualifying children
  • $2,273 with two qualifying children
  • $1,375 with one qualifying child
  • $   206 with no qualifying children

(Investment income must be $3,600 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

 

 
 
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 www.nj211.org or visit the IRS Vita Site Locator Tool.

 

 

 

 

Updated: 01/07/20

 
 
 
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