Gov. Dannel Malloy, state legislators and social service advocates gathered in Hartford on Tuesday to celebrate Connecticut's implementation of the earned income credit and to kick off outreach efforts to inform low-income families of the credit, according to the CT Mirror.
The credit is available to families with children who earned $48,000 or less in 2010 and individuals without children who earned less than $13,460. The average credit is about $540 with a maximum of $1,700. Free assistance to residents seeking the credit can contact theConnecticut Association for Human Services.
Connecticut was the only state to adopt the credit this year and an estimated 100,000 households in the state will be eligible. Between one and 9 percent of residents in towns and cities throughout southern Fairfield County were eligible for the credit in 2007, according to Connecticut Association for Human Services.
Malloy told attendees of the gathering that the was one of his proudest accomplishments in his first year as governor.