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Department of Social Services encouraging residents to claim earned income, child tax credits

January 18, 2013

The Washington County Department of Social Services is assisting in a promotional campaign called “Your Money. You Earned It. Now Claim It!” to encourage eligible Washington County residents to claim their earned income credit and child tax credit that is available to working families and can give them up to $5,891 on their 2012 tax returns. 

This year's campaign consists of posting fliers and brochures in strategic locations, including the main lobby and the child support entrance lobby at the Social Services building on North Potomac Street in Hagerstown.

  The earned income credit is a refundable income tax credit for those who work and support a family and for eligible individuals who do not have children living with them.  Qualifying workers can get back some or all of the federal income tax that was taken out of their pay during the year.

 Single or married people, raising one child in their home in 2012 and earning less than $36,920 ($42,130 if married) can get as much as $3,169 in earned income credit.  Workers raising two children in their home and had income of less than $41,952 in 2012 ($47,162 if married) can get up to $5,236. Those raising three or more children in their home and had income of less than $45,060 in 2012 ($50,270 if married) can get up to $5,891.

 Workers who were not raising children in their home, were between ages 25 and 64 on Dec. 31 and had income below $13,980 can get a credit up to $475.  Workers with investment income exceeding $3,200 in 2012 can not claim the credit. Eligible households with a qualifying child or children younger than 17 and have taxable earned income of more than $3,000 can claim a child tax credit worth up to $1,000 for each qualifying child. Receiving the earned income credit or child tax credit benefit does not affect any assistance received from Social Services.  Free tax help is available by calling the IRS at 1-800-829-1040 or by going to www.irs.gov

The earned income tax credit estimator can give taxpayers an idea of how much the earned income credit might be worth to them by going to www.cbpp.org/eic2012/calculator and enter your annual gross earned income and the number of qualifying children you are raising.

 For more information, call Rosalind Martin at 240-420-2260 or send an email to rmartin@dhr.state.md.us.

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