Assemblywoman Millman Encourages Families to Claim Earned Income Tax Credit
February 17, 2011
Brooklyn Ė At tax time, many New York State residents may be missing out on thousands of dollars in tax refunds. The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is often overlooked and undervalued, which is why Iím encouraging hardworking Brooklyn families to claim it before the April 18 deadline to file 2010 taxes. Last year, New Yorkers received an average EITC refund of $2,700. Unfortunately, one out of every five taxpayers fails to apply for the credit. Most of those families who donít claim the tax credit arenít aware of its benefit. This is a tax credit that may offer truly significant savings for eligible families. The EITC gives families a chance to meet day-to-day expenses and possibly save for their future. Donít miss out on this opportunity. The EITC was created to offset Social Security taxes for lower income workers. The Assembly championed the establishment of a state EITC, and in 2002 increased its value to 30 percent of the federal credit. Your state and federal EITC refunds, along with New York City credits, can result in a refund up to $7,649 refund for eligible families. To be eligible for the federal and the New York State EITC, you must:
- Have worked full- or part-time at some point during the calendar year;
- Be a single or married person raising qualifying children at home;
- Have income below $35,535 ($40,545 if married) with one qualifying child;
- Have income below $40,363 ($45,373 if married) with two qualifying children;
- Have income below $43,352 ($48,362 if married) with three or more qualifying children; or
- Be a worker between the ages of 25 and 65 and earn less than $13,460 ($18,470 if married) with no qualifying children.
- Be a full-year or part-year resident of New York City;
- Claim the federal Earned Income Tax Credit; and
- File a New York State income tax return.