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Tax Day: Don’t forget about the Working Families Tax Credit

OLYMPIA (April 15, 2024) — Today is Tax Day 2024, the due date for U.S. federal individual income tax returns and payments. The good news is that this year, Washingtonians can file their taxes online for free using the new IRS Direct File system. The other good news is that, even after today and even after you have filed your federal income tax return, eligible households in Washington state can still claim the Working Families Tax Credit.

The WFTC is a new annual tax refund for Washington residents worth $50-$1,200 depending on your income level and how many qualifying children you have in your household. Undocumented workers and other who use an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) to do their taxes are eligible for this payment.

This money belongs to you. An annual cash refund of up to $1,200 for eligible Washingtonians. You must file your federal taxes, and submit an application with the state Department of Revenue for this refund. Applications are open all year long and free help applying is available.

Individuals and families are eligible for the WFTC if they meet all of the following requirements:

  • Have a valid Social Security Number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN).
  • Lived in Washington a minimum of 183 days in 2023 (over half the year). See Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about residency to learn more.
  • Are at least 25 and under 65 years of age OR have a qualifying child in 2023.
  • Filed a 2023 federal tax return.
  • Eligible to claim the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) on their 2023 tax return (or would meet the requirements for EITC but are filing with an ITIN).

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