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

2022 EITC

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 2022, 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 2022, you may qualify. 

For tax year 2022, Earned Income and Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) must each be less than::

  • $53,057 ($59,187 married filing jointly) with three or more qualifying children
  • $49,399 ($55,529 married filing jointly) with two qualifying children
  • $43,492 ($49,622 married filing jointly) with one qualifying child
  • $16,480 ($22,610 married filing jointly) with no qualifying children

For the 2022 Tax year, you could receive a maximum federal credit of:

  • $6,935 with three or more qualifying children
  • $6,164 with two qualifying children
  • $3,733  with one qualifying child
  • $  560 with no qualifying children

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

  • $2,774 with three or more qualifying children
  • $2,466 with two qualifying children
  • $1,493 with one qualifying child
  • $   224 with no qualifying children

(Investment income must be $10,300 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: 09/23/22

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