I claimed the credit last year and did not get a letter. Why am I receiving a letter this year?
There are many reasons why we send a request to verify EITC eligibility.
You may want to check to be sure you did receive an NJEITC in a previous year. If you have a copy of a previously filed New Jersey Tax return that shows an NJEITC, you may contact our Customer Service Center for more information.
I received a similar letter last year and have already sent you the Social Security cards and birth certificates. Do I need to send them again?
If we can confirm for you the required information is on file (by contacting our Customer Service Center), you do not need to send it again. You would only need to send in the year-specific information requested and Social Security cards/birth certificates for any new dependents you may be claiming.
I received a similar letter last year and never responded. Is it too late to send my information in?
No. You may still send in the requested information for review.
How do I get a Federal Record of Account or a Tax Account Transcript?
Make sure you receive and send us a Record of Account or a Tax Account Transcript. We cannot accept a Return Transcript or your federal tax return.
What is a Form W-2?
Your employer will send Form W-2 to you at the end of the year. This form contains your annual wages and the amount of taxes withheld on your behalf. We need the W-2 to verify your income.
What is a Form 1099?
You may receive Form 1099-misc or 1099-K to document payments you received from a trade or business (newspaper delivery, house/office cleaning, construction, ridesharing, hair stylists, etc.) that you reported income on Line 18, NJ-1040, Net Profits from Business. You need to send us any 1099 received except for a 1099-G from the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Unemployment compensation is not taxable income in New Jersey and should not appear on your NJ-1040.
What if I have a business, I am a consultant, or I am self-employed (child care, hair stylist, construction, etc.)?
You must submit the following information:
You also must provide a copy of one or more of the following:
We cannot approve an NJEITC if you do not produce adequate business records.
What is a Sales Tax Certificate of Authority (CA-1)?
If you are a vendor of taxable goods or services, you are required to register with New Jersey. The Sales Tax Certificate of Authority is your permit to collect Sales Tax.
If you have a Sales Tax Certificate of Authority, send us a copy.
I do not want to send in the requested documents. What should I do?
If you do not send us the requested information, we cannot issue your Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). You may still be eligible to a refund without an EITC. You can request to remove your Earned Income Tax Credit for any reason at any time. You must call our Customer Service Center at 609-292-6400 for assistance or write to the PO Box on your letter with your request, otherwise your refund could be severely delayed. Requests are permanent.
What if I don’t respond?
If you do not provide the information we requested in the letter, we will not be able to process your refund. It’s important that you respond with the requested documentation. We may delay future refunds if you do not respond.