Tell Governor Murphy: Support Older Workers through the Earned Income Tax Credit!

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a refundable tax credit for low- to moderate-income working individuals and couples. The EITC is credited with lifting millions out of poverty and helping grow the economy as these dollars are spent locally in the community. 

However, this tax credit is not available to workers over the age of 64 without qualifying children.

Older Americans are the fastest growing segment of the workforce. Thousands have been severely impacted by COVID-19’s health and fiscal crises. Many want or need to work longer.  Moreover, NJ’s EITC requirements aren’t in step with current Social Security rules. Full Social Security retirement benefits are available at age 66 – increasing to 67 if your birthdate is after 1960.  

The EITC should be available to workers of all ages.  

Tell Governor Murphy: Support older workers by eliminating the Earned Income Tax Credit's age cap!

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Support Older Workers through the Earned Income Tax Credit

Dear [Decision Maker],

I urge you to support New Jersey's low and moderate income older workers by eliminating the NJ Earned Income Tax Credit's (EITC) outdated age cap to reflect the realities of today's aging workforce and improve the financial security of older workers.

The need for this change is even more critical as many older workers are suffering great financial harm during the COVID-19 pandemic and will likely have to work well past the age of 64, having lost jobs and savings during this crisis.

All low and moderate income workers should benefit from the EITC, regardless of age. Moreover, EITC requirements aren't in step with current Social Security rules. Full Social Security retirement benefits are not available until age 66 increasing to 67 if your birth date is after 1960.

Workers who receive this tax credit use the funds to make ends meet and spend these dollars in their local communities to pay for housing, food, medicine and utilities.

It is time to modernize NJ's Earned Income Tax Credit program to support older workers. Support the elimination of the age cap for the EITC.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]