Montgomery County was the first local jurisdiction in the country to establish a local Earned Income Credit Program. The County will match a taxpayer's State Refundable EIC dollar for dollar. The County Treasurer is in charge of the program, and the Maryland Office of the Comptroller sends out checks at the end of July for those who file their tax returns before July. If you file July - September, the check will be sent out at the end of October. If you file October - December, the check will be sent out at the end of January. The checks are separate from the Maryland tax refund checks.
You MUST file a MD tax return to get this benefit.
To be eligible, you must:
- have earned income;
- be eligible for the federal EIC;
- claim the Maryland EIC and be eligible to receive it;
- have filed, as a Montgomery County Resident;
- have one or more dependents and
- file a MD tax return, even if you are not required (otherwise) to do so.
If you are eligible, you need not fill out any additional paperwork. The County Treasurer's office determines whether you are eligible or not, and will send out the funds accordingly.
To find out more about the Montgomery County EIC Program, contact the County Department of Finance at (800)-MDTAXES.