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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.

For tax year 2021, the NJEITC is extended to include people 18 years old and over, as well as those over age 65 without dependents. For more eligibility information on NJEITC, visit

To get the NJEITC, 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 NJEITC).

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.

You May Be Eligible

If you worked full- or part-time or you were self-employed in 2021, you may qualify. 

For tax year 2021, Earned Income and Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) must each be less than::

  • $51,464 ($57,414 married filing jointly) with three or more qualifying children
  • $47,915 ($53,865 married filing jointly) with two qualifying children
  • $42,158 ($48,108 married filing jointly) with one qualifying child
  • $21,430 ($27,380 married filing jointly) with no qualifying children

For the 2021 Tax year, you could receive a maximum federal credit of:

  • $6,728 with three or more qualifying children
  • $5,980 with two qualifying children
  • $3,618  with one qualifying child
  • $1,502 with no qualifying children

 And a maximum NJ state credit of (40% of federal):

  • $2,691 with three or more qualifying children
  • $2,392 with two qualifying children
  • $1,447 with one qualifying child
  • $   601 with no qualifying children

(Investment income must be $10,000 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

Visit 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 NJEITC visit or call 609-292-6400.

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.





Updated: 02/14/22

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