Did you know that federal and Maryland earned income tax credits are available to certain low-income individuals and families?

These credits can reduce the amount of income tax you owe or increase your income tax refund; and, you may qualify to receive some of these credits even if you did not earn enough income to be required to file a tax return.

2019 Maryland Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)

Maryland’ s EITC is a credit for certain taxpayers who have income and have worked. The state EITC reduces the amount of Maryland tax you owe. The local EITC reduces the amount of county tax you owe. Some taxpayers may even qualify for a refundable Maryland EITC.

Most taxpayers who are eligible and file for a federal EITC can receive the Maryland state and local EITC. The allowable Maryland credit is up to one-half of the federal credit. To be eligible for the federal and Maryland EITC, your federal adjusted gross income and your earned income must be less than the following:

  • $50,162 ($55,952 married filing jointly) with three or more qualifying children
  • $46,703 ($52,493 married filing jointly) with two qualifying children
  • $41,094 ($46,884 married filing jointly) with one qualifying child
  • $15,570 ($21,370 married filing jointly) with no qualifying children

Generally, to receive the Maryland EITC, you must be eligible for the federal credit. However, If you do not meet the minimum age requirement under the federal credit and are otherwise eligible for the federal credit for those without a qualifying child, you may claim the state earned income tax credit (calculate federal earned income credit disregarding the minimum age requirement). If your income is less than the amounts shown in this notice, visit the Internal Revenue Service Web site at, or contact your tax advisor, to learn if you meet the other requirements. You also may be entitled to a refundable Maryland EITC and to a local EITC.

If you are a part-year resident, you may be entitled to a prorated share of the credit, if you have Maryland income. As of 2017, nonresidents are no longer eligible for the Maryland credit.

For more information about the Maryland EITC, visit our Web site at or call 1-800- MD-TAXES (1-800-638-2937) or from Central Maryland 410-260-7980. You must have a valid Social Security number and file a tax return to claim this credit.

Reminder: Legally married same-sex couples must file as married filing jointly or married filing separately for tax year 2019. Employees wishing to adjust their withholding to reflect married status should complete a new Maryland Form MW507, as well as federal Form W-4.

Recordatorio: Parejas del mismo sexo legalmente casadas deberån presentar la declaracion de impuestos como casado en conjunto o casado pero realizando la presentaciön separado para el afio tributario 2019. Empleados que deseen ajustar la retencion de impuestos con su empleador para reflejar el estado civil como casado, deberån completar una nueva forma de Maryland MYV507 asi como la forma federal W-4.

2019 Federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)

For more information about the federal EITC,

visit: or call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040.