Conte Reminds Taxpayers to Apply for Earned Income Tax Credit

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 Tax credit available to low-income workers

Assemblyman Jim Conte (R,I,C,WF – Huntington Station) is reminding Long Islanders that they may be able to take advantage of the federal government’s earned income tax credit (EITC). Assemblyman Conte is joining with the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) Stakeholder Partnerships, Education and Communication (SPEC) Department to tell the public that January 27 is EITC Awareness Day. On this day, the IRS will be hosting events to highlight and explain the EITC while also offering assistance with their taxes for those who qualify for the credit. 

“With all the uncertainty in the economy, it is important for individuals and families to find new methods to save money. An easy way to boost your family savings is to take advantage of the earned income tax credit,” said Conte. “By working with the IRS to spread the word about the EITC, I am confident that more people than ever will take advantage of this opportunity to earn back more of their hard-earned money.” 

The EITC is a refundable federal income tax credit for low to moderate income working individuals and families. To qualify, taxpayers must meet certain requirements and file a tax return, even if they did not earn enough money to file. The EITC has no effect on certain welfare benefits. In most cases, EITC payments will not be used to determine eligibility for Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), food stamps, low-income housing or most Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) payments.

 To learn more about the EITC and to determine whether you qualify for the credit, please examine the attached graphs pertaining to income requirements, visit, or call the IRS Hauppauge office at 631-851-4726.

Income Requirements to Qualify for Earned Income Tax Credit

Individual Filing Status


Individual, One Dependent

Individual, Two Dependents

Individual, Three Dependents

Maximum Income Level






Joint Filing Status Joint, No Dependent Joint, One Dependent Joint, Two Dependents

Joint, Three Dependents

Maximum Income Level $18,740 $41,132 $46,044




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