For Tax Year 2021, eligibility for the NJEITC includes people 65 and older without dependents and to those as young as 18.
Once you know you are eligible for both the federal EITC and the NJEITC, then you're on your way to putting money back in your pocket!
Claiming the NJEITC is easy.
Step 1: You must meet federal EITC requirements and claim a federal EITC with the exception of people under 25 or over 65. People under 25 or over 65 must meet all other federal requirements to claim a NJEITC.
The NJEITC is a percentage of the federal EITC, so you need your federal EITC first.
For Tax Year 2021, if you are 18 years old or over and meet all the federal eligibility requirements, except the minimum age, your NJEITC is automatically $601.
Step 2: Once you know your federal EITC amount, you must file a New Jersey Resident Income Tax Return (Form NJ-1040) to claim the NJEITC. Even if your income is equal to or below the New Jersey filing threshold amount, you still need to file the return to show your income for the year and claim the credit. You cannot claim this credit on any other form.
Step 3: Wait for your refund!
If you get a letter asking for documentation, be sure to send everything in as requested, so we can get the credit sent out as quickly as possible.
Filing Status Information
Married, Filing Separately: You cannot claim an NJEITC if you are married filing separately.
Civil Union Couples: If you are filing a joint New Jersey return and one or both of you are eligible and file for a federal EITC, you also might be able to receive the NJEITC.
If you did not file a joint federal return, prepare a federal return as if you were married, filing jointly, and then calculate the amount of the federal EITC you would have been eligible to receive. Use that amount to calculate your New Jersey credit.
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