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Division of Taxation

Prior Year New Jersey Earned Income Tax Information

To be eligible for the NJEITC, you must:

  • Claim and be allowed (or would claim and be allowed if you met the age limit) a federal Earned Income Tax Credit for the same tax year;
  • Be a resident of this state who works or earns income;
  • Have a qualifying child or be at least 21 years old and under 65;
  • Meet the income limits for your filing status; and
  • Have a valid Social Security number (This includes your spouse and any qualifying child you list on your tax return).
Maximum Income Amounts
Filing Status Qualifying Children Claimed
  0 1 2 3 or more
Single, Head of Household, or Widowed $15,820 $41,756 $47,440 $50,954
Married Filing Jointly $21,710 $47,646 $53,330 $56,844

The maximum amount of credit for Tax Year 2020 is 40% of the federal Earned Income Tax Credit:

  • $2,664 with three or more qualifying children
  • $2,368 with two qualifying children
  • $1,434 with one qualifying child
  • $215 with no qualifying children

To be eligible for the NJEITC, you must:

  • File for and receive a federal Earned Income Credit for the same tax year;
  • Be a resident of this state who works or earns income;
  • Have a qualifying child or be at least 25 years old and under 65;
  • Meet the income limits for your filing status; and
  • Have a valid Social Security number (This includes your spouse and any qualifying child you list on your tax return).
Maximum Income Amounts
Filing Status Qualifying Children Claimed
  0 1 2 3 or more
Single, Head of Household, or Widowed $15,570 $41,094 $46,703 $50,162
Married Filing Jointly $21,370 $46,884 $52,493 $55,952

The maximum amount of credit for Tax Year 2019 is 39% of the federal Earned Income Tax Credit:

  • $2,557 with three or more qualifying children
  • $2,273 with two qualifying children
  • $1,375 with one qualifying child
  • $206 with no qualifying children

To be eligible for the NJEITC, you must:

  • File for and receive a federal Earned Income Credit for the same tax year;
  • Be a resident of this state who works or earns income;
  • Have a qualifying child or be at least 25 years old and under 65;
  • Meet the income limits for your filing status; and
  • Have a valid Social Security number (This includes your spouse and any qualifying child you list on your tax return).
Maximum Income Amounts
Filing Status Qualifying Children Claimed
  0 1 2 3 or more
Single, Head of Household, or Widowed $15,270 $40,320 $45,802 $49,194
Married Filing Jointly $20,950 $46,010 $51,492 $54,884

The maximum amount of credit for Tax Year 2018 is 37% of the federal Earned Income Tax Credit:

  • $2,379 with three or more qualifying children
  • $2,115 with two qualifying children
  • $1,281 with one qualifying child
  • $192 with no qualifying children

Last Updated: Friday, 09/16/22