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Department of Taxation and Finance

EITC: Cash That Counts

Important for 2020

If you elected to use your 2019 earned income in calculating your 2020 federal Earned Income Credit, you must also use your 2019 earned income in calculating your 2020 New York State and New York City earned income credit.*

*In order to use your 2019 earned income, it must be higher than your 2020 earned income.

With tax season on the way, don't miss out on the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). If you are eligible, this could be the largest tax credit you can receive—a significant boost that arrives with your refund.

The EITC includes credits from the federal government, New York State and New York City—worth up to a total of $8,991 for a family with three or more children.

As you begin the process of preparing your income taxes for the 2020 tax year, see if you're eligible for the EITC. We want everyone who is eligible to claim it. It's your money and you deserve it.

Additionally, if you have been eligible in the past, but did not claim the EITC, you may still be able to do so for the previous three years!

 Earned Income Tax Credit Table
Number of Children Maximum Income
(Single or Head of Household)
 
Maximum Income
(Married Filing Jointly) 
EITC* (up to)
(2020 tax year)
3+ $50,954 $56,844 $8,991
2 $47,440 $53,330 $7,992
1 $41,756 $47,646 $4,838
0 $15,820 $21,710 $726

*Based on a combined total of maximum New York City, New York State, and federal credits.

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