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TAX NEWS - FEBRuary 2010

Idaho Tax: Do You qualify for the Federal Earned Income Tax Credit?

BOISE, IDAHO — Feb. 5, 2010 — The federal Earned Income Tax Credit, or EITC, can make life a little easier for workers struggling to make ends meet in today's tight economy — up to $5,600, or more. The IRS estimates that one in four eligible taxpayers could miss out on this valuable tax credit because they don't check it out.

Although Idaho doesn't have a similar credit, Idahoans should remember to claim the EITC on their 2009 federal income tax return, according to David Langhorst, a commissioner at the Idaho Tax Commission.

"Many people will qualify for the EITC for the first time this year because their income declined, their marital status changed, or they added children to their families," Langhorst said. "Families with three or more children also get an extra boost with a larger credit this year."

Anyone who earned $48,279 or less from wages, self-employment, or farming in 2009 should see if they qualify. Eligible taxpayers can get their EITC only if they file federal income tax returns - even if they are not otherwise required to file - and specifically claim the credit.

Taxpayers can get free help determining their EITC eligibility and claiming the credit at volunteer tax return preparation sites located throughout Idaho. A list of volunteer sites is available on the Tax Commission's Web site at To find a site by phone, taxpayers can call the Idaho CareLine at 211 or (800) 926-2588 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MST, or AARP's automated system at (888) 227-7669.
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