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Brown Backs Expanding Tax Relief to 60,000 More Families

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Under a new law supported by State Senator Chris Brown, 60,000 more working families will be eligible for the New Jersey Earned Income Tax Credit.

Under a new law supported by State Senator Chris Brown, 60,000 more working families will be eligible for the New Jersey Earned Income Tax Credit. (SenateNJ.com)

“This tax break is very timely because the pandemic is making it very hard for many young families entering the full-time job market to make ends meet,” said Brown, a longtime advocate for the New Jersey Earned Income Tax Credit. “We are building upon a successful tax relief program that keeps families working and protects them from falling into poverty.”

The law (A-838/S-835) expands the minimum age of eligibility for the NJ Earned Income Tax Credit from 25 years of age to 21. It is estimated this change will provide over $800 in tax relief.

To be eligible for the earned income tax credit, a family must:

  • Meet all qualifications, except for the minimum age, for the federal earned income tax credit;
  • Be a resident of the 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 their filing status; and
  • Have a valid Social Security number (This includes spouses and any qualifying child listed on the tax return).

For more information on the New Jersey Earned Income Tax Credit, visit the Division of Taxation’s website.

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