State leaders promote Earned Income Tax Credit

February 7, 2012

By Staff

Gov. Chris Gregoire and other state officials urged Washingtonians to apply for the Earned Income Tax Credit on federal income tax returns.

The program goes unused by about 20 percent of qualified workers entitled to receive a check for up to $5,751. In Washington last year, 426,124 taxpayers applied for the credit, bringing about $847 million into the state economy.

Gregoire proclaimed Jan. 27 as Earned Income Tax Credit Day to raise awareness.

“Every year, there is money available to working families and individuals that does not get claimed,” she said. “File your 2011 tax return and take advantage of this tax credit, which puts money in your pocket and into our local economy.”

The state Department of Commerce and the state Department of Social and Health Services joined the federal Internal Revenue Service, plus other local and national organizations, to remind people to apply for the Earned Income Tax Credit.

Find eligibility requirements and learn more at the Department of Commerce website, www.commerce.wa.gov.

 

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