Working families and individuals with low to moderate income who receive a federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) can receive a 6 percent matching tax credit from the state of Michigan, according to the Michigan Department of Treasury.
To qualify, individuals must meet certain requirements and file a federal income tax return, even if no tax is owed or there is no requirement to file a return. If a federal EITC is granted, the state of Michigan will provide a 6 percent supplemental EITC when the taxpayer files his or her state income tax return.
Eligible Michiganders should file a state tax return to redeem this important tax credit. This puts extra income in the pockets of individuals and families in most need.
The amount of the federal EITC depends on income, filing status and number of qualifying children claimed as dependents on the taxpayer’s federal income tax return. The EITC reduces the amount of tax owed and may provide a refund.
During the 2017 tax year, almost 748,600 claimants received the Michigan EITC, totaling more than $112 million with an average credit amount of $150.
The state Treasury Department estimates there are thousands of eligible Michiganders who are eligible for both the federal and state EITCs and do not claim them each year.
To learn more about the EITC, go to www.irs.gov/eitc. More information about state of Michigan income taxes can be found at www.michigan.gov/incometax.
—Glenn White, Deputy State Treasurer