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EITC Information for Employers

Help your employees boost their incomes at no cost to you!

What is EITC?

EITC, the Earned Income Tax Credit, sometimes called EIC is a tax credit to help people keep more of what they earned. It is a refundable federal income tax credit for low to moderate income workers and families. Congress originally approved the tax credit legislation in 1975 in part to offset the burden of social security taxes and to provide an incentive to work.

If EITC exceeds the amount of taxes owed, it results in a tax refund to those who claim and qualify for the credit. To get the credit, workers must meet certain requirements and file a tax return, even if they don't owe any tax or are not required to file.

EITC Awareness Day

The 7th annual EITC Awareness day was a success with help from our partners--employers like you, government agencies, social service organizations, and others in your community who have a vested interest in reaching and educating workers about EITC.  Find more information on EITC Awareness Day on EITC Central.

How Can You Help Increase EITC Awareness?

Four out of five eligible workers claim EITC and you can help your employees join others who benefit from this important financial boost.

More Marketing and Communication Tools

Access brochures, payroll stuffers, newsletter articles, marketing ideas and more to help you communicate EITC information to your employees on the Employer Page on the EITC Partner Toolkit.

Or, use our quick EITC Outreach kit.

You may be required to let your employees know about EITC.

Note: The Education Jobs and Medicaid Assistance Act of 2010 signed into law August 10, 2010 repealed the Advance EITC or AEITC. It was not available for workers after December 31, 2010. Workers who received the payments in their paychecks during 2009 and 2010 and did not report on a tax return need to file a tax return to claim the amount of AEITC shown on their Form W-2.  


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Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 18-Dec-2013