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February 1, 2010

Jeanne Atkinson, Communications and Legislative Services, (402) 471-8287,

Tax Time Tip: Use Earned Income Tax Credit to Claim What’s Yours

Lincoln – Tax season is here, and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) wants to remind Nebraskans to claim all the tax credits they’ve earned through the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) program. EITC is a refundable tax credit for eligible workers with low to middle incomes.

Taxpayers who qualify and claim the credit could pay less federal tax, pay no tax or even get a tax refund beyond the amount of tax withheld.

“We want to help people get the tax credits they deserve,” said Todd Reckling, Director of the Division of Children and Family Services. “Earned income tax credit can be claimed by a wide range of people even though some people may not think they are eligible.”

Earned income tax credit is based on income and filing status. For example, childless singles making less than $13,440 a year are eligible, as are married couples with two children making less than $45,295 annually.

To help Nebraskans take advantage of the EITC program, DHHS works with community organizations to provide free tax preparation assistance to low income individuals and families. IRS-certified volunteers are available across the state to provide free assistance with tax preparation to eligible people. To find a location near you, or if you have eligibility questions, call 2-1-1 (in available counties) or 1-877-557-2200.

Federal tax credits include:

  • Earned Income Tax Credit – up to $5,657
  • Child Tax Credit – up to $1,000 per child
  • Child and Dependent Care Tax Credits – up to $2,100

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EITC program partners include: DHHS; the American Association of Retired Persons’ Tax-Aide program; Community Action of Nebraska; EITC Coalition (Omaha); EITC Coalition (Lincoln); Human Services Federation; the Internal Revenue Service; the Nebraska Department of Revenue; the Federal Reserve Bank - Omaha Branch; the University of Nebraska - Lincoln Student Learning; the Nebraska Children and Families Foundation; and the United Way of the Midlands.