Monday, January 24th, 2011

The Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the county’s Department of Human Services have teamed with United Way, NORWESCAP and AARP in urging eligible residents to claim the Earned Income Tax Credit.

The EITC provides a subsidy for low-income working families. However, thousands of hard working residents miss out on millions of dollars each year because they do not claim the tax credit on their federal and state tax returns.

According to the federal government, the EITC lifts nearly four million people out of poverty each year. In New Jersey, a low-income household with three or more children could qualify for as much as $5,666 in federal and state tax credits for the 2010 tax year when filing jointly.

“As freeholder liaison to the Department of Human Services, I see how important the EITC program is to so many in our community,” said Morris County Freeholder John Murphy. “It is vital for all of us in our county to work together to spread the news about EITC so more families will take advantage of this important program.”

Murphy said the Morris County Department of Human Services will share the availability of the EITC program with clients.

He also advises residents to learn more about the tax credit by dialing the information and referral hot line, 2-1-1. Multilingual call specialists will assist callers in finding out if they qualify for EITC benefits and will direct them where to go for free tax preparation assistance from highly-trained volunteers at sites throughout Morris County.

Information about the Earned Income Tax Credit may also be found online at www.nj211.org.