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Earned Income Tax Credit checks out in December

By: Tosimaeʻa Tupua

The Department of Treasury has confirmed that it anticipates releasing checks for Earned Income Tax in December. A statement from the Department of Treasury released today says the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) law was passed by the Legislature and signed into law by then Acting Governor Talauega E. Ale on September 23.The Tax Office will conduct a review and identify all qualified taxpayers for the EITC. You do not have to do anything else or file any additional documents. The statement also says the Tax Office will also conduct outreach programs so the public has a better understanding of the EITC.

Those who qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit are low to moderate income workers with qualifying children, if certain qualifying rules apply to them. You may qualify for the EITC even if you can’t claim children on your tax return.

To qualify for the EITC, you must:

· Have worked and earned income under $34,000 for Married Filing Jointly & $29,904 for all other filing statuses.

· Have investment income below $19,000 in tax year 2021.

· Have a valid Social Security number by the due date of your 2021 return.

· Be a US citizen or national, or American Samoa legal resident alien with a valid American Samoa immigration ID.

Treasury asks for your patience as it works out all the necessary steps to ensure a successful release of the funds.

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