Earned Income Tax Credit Information Act

To: UCSC Faculty and Staff

From: Kirk Lew, Campus Controller

Based on annual earnings, employees may be eligible to receive the Earned Income Tax Credit (EIC) from the federal government. The earned income credit is a refundable federal income tax credit for low-income working individuals and families. The credit has no effect on certain welfare benefits. In most cases, earned income credit payments will not be used to determine eligibility for Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income, food stamps, low-income housing or most temporary assistance for needy families.

If you are eligible for EIC, be sure to fill out the UC Form W-5. You can obtain a form by visiting this site: http://www.ucop.edu/ucophome/cao/paycoord/fw5.pdf

If you do not have access to the internet, contact your departmental payroll assistant to help you obtain a form.

Please remember that even if you do not owe federal taxes, you must file a tax return to receive the earned income credit. For more information about eligibility, other earnings limits (if you are filing a joint return for married couples, or you have one or more children), you may obtain a copy of Notice 797 by contacting the Internal Revenue Service at 1-800-829-3676 or through its web site at www.irs.gov.