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30 states plus Washington DC and Puerto Rico offer a United States Income Tax Credit.
The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC’S) provides benefits to families and the economies of states throughout the United States, by allowing households to “maintain basic spending, build economic security, and improve long-term health and well-being ”.
The analysis of Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) shows that this credit helped many low-wage workers during the pandemic and continues to serve as a “critical lifeline for struggling families, while helping communities and the economy.”
As of 2021, “thirty states, plus Washington DC and Puerto Rico, have adopted state EITCs to increase family incomes.”
Who can get an EITC
You can claim the EITC if your income is low to moderate. The amount of your credit may change if you have children, dependents, are disabled or if you meet other criteria.
If you claim this credit, your refund could be delayed. According to the law, the majority of taxpayers will have to wait until mid-February in order to issue a refund to taxpayers claiming the earned income tax credit.
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