Based on your annual earnings, you may be eligible to receive the Earned Income Tax Credit from the federal government. The Earned Income Tax Credit is a refundable federal income tax credit for low-income working individuals and families. The earned Income Tax Credit has no effect on certain welfare benefits. In most cases, Earned Income Tax Credit payments will not be used to determine eligibility for Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income, Food Stamps, low-income housing or most temporary assistance for needy family's payments. Even if you do not owe federal taxes, you must file a tax return to receive the Earned Income Tax Credit. Be sure to fill out the Earned Income Tax Credit form in the federal income tax return booklet.
For information regarding your eligibility to receive the Earned Income Tax Credit, including information on how to obtain the IRS Notice 797 or From W-5, or any another necessary forms and instructions, contact the Internal Revenue Service by calling 1-800-829-3676 or through its website at www.irs.gov. Completed W-5 forms for the new-year should be returned to your employer as soon as possible.