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January 27, 2011

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

Don’t Overlook the Earned Income Tax Credit; Claim What’s Yours

Lincoln – Taxpayers who qualify for and claim the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) could pay less federal tax, pay no tax or even get a tax refund beyond the amount of tax withheld, according to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). EITC is a refundable tax credit for eligible workers with low to middle incomes.

“We want to help people get the tax credits they’ve earned through the EITC program,” said Todd Reckling, director of the Division of Children and Family Services in DHHS. "EITC is a financial boost for working people hit by hard economic times. You earned it. Now file, claim it and get it."

Earned income tax credit is based on income and filing status. For example, childless singles making less than $13,460 a year or married couples with two children making less than $45,373 annually from wages, self-employment or farming in 2010 could qualify. To electronically file their returns and get the fastest refunds, both spouses must be present to sign joint returns.

Before filing your taxes, check to see if you’re eligible. People can move into and out of eligibility based on changes in their earnings, their parental status or their marital status, according to Reckling.

To help Nebraskans take advantage of the EITC program, DHHS works with community organizations to provide free tax preparation assistance by IRS-certified volunteers to low income individuals and families. To locate a site near you, or if you have eligibility questions, call 2-1-1 or 1-800-829-1040.

Federal tax credits include:

  • Earned Income Tax Credit – up to $5,666
  • Child Tax Credit – up to $1,000 per child
  • Child and Dependent Care Tax Credits – up to $2,100

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Statewide EITC Coalition members 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.