Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Working Families Tax Credit?

The Washington Working Families Tax Credit (WFTC) is a new statewide tax credit for Washington residents with low to moderate incomes.

To be eligible, you must: 

  • Have earned at least $1 in income
    You must meet the requirements for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), or meet the requirements for the EITC, but use an ITIN to file your taxes. You must have earned income in the last calendar year. 
  • Live in Washington
    You must have been a resident in Washington for 180 days or 6 months. 
  • Be between 25 and 65 years old, OR have at least one qualifying child

Individuals without children must be between the ages of 25 and 65. If you have qualifying children, there is no age restriction. 

The eligibility for this tax credit is based on your unique tax situation. Find free tax prep help near you. 

How can I apply? 

You can apply online or submit a paper application. The online application will be available in English and Spanish. Paper applications will be available in eight languages.

Applicants must file a federal income tax return in order to claim the Working Families Tax Credit. Resources to get your taxes done can be found here. 

The Department of Revenue will release the application in 2023 (click here for more information).  

What do I need to apply? 

  • You need to file a Federal Tax Return for 2022 to apply for the Washington Working Families Tax Credit.
  • To apply online, you need a working email and phone number. 
  • You may need documents to prove residency in Washington.

A full list of documents that will be accepted will be provided by the Department of Revenue before 2023. 

How much money will I receive?

The maximum credit amount ranges from $300 to $1,200 depending on the number of qualifying children in your household (see table below). These amounts are then reduced based on income thresholds, similar to the federal EITC program. The minimum credit amount is $50, regardless of the number of qualifying children.

Number of ChildrenMaximum Credit
0$300
1$600
2$900
3+$1200