Employment Rights | Income Generation | Federal Tax Information & Credits
Survivors who must leave their job to protect themselves from family violence or stalking, or sexual assault against themselves or an immediate family member, are eligible for unemployment compensation if they show:
- An active or recently issued protective order documenting the occurrence of or potential for family violence or stalking against the employee, or sexual assault against the employee or immediate family member, OR
- A police record documenting family violence or stalking against the employee, or sexual assault against the employee or immediate family member, OR
- A physician’s statement or other medical documentation of family violence against the employee, or sexual assault against the employee or immediate family member, OR
- Written documentation from a family violence center or rape crisis center describing the family violence or sexual assault.
None of the above information may be disclosed to any person without the consent of the employee.
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Various tax credits and protections are potentially available to survivors and others. Individuals may receive refunds for returns filed within three years of the due date.
- Earned Income Tax Credit: A tax credit available to lower-income, working individuals who meet income guidelines and additional eligibility requirements (though the credit is available to individuals without children, the credit increases with the number of eligible children). The Earned Income Tax Credit can mean thousands of dollars refunded to a family.
- Child Tax Credit: A tax credit that may be up to $1000 per qualifying dependent child, subject to income and other eligibility requirements. The Additional Child Tax Credit also may be available, depending on eligibility.
- Child and Dependent Care Credit: A credit available to people who, in order to work or to look for work, have to pay for child care services for qualifying dependents under age 13. The credit also is available for those who pay for the care of a spouse or a dependent of any age who lived with them for more than half of the year and is physically or mentally incapable of self-care. The credit is a percentage, based on adjusted gross income, of the expenses paid for child and dependent care.
- Innocent Spouse Relief: Relief from tax liability, penalties and interest available to spouses who signed joint returns and are now being held responsible for taxes or income of which they were unaware. *NOTE: By law, the IRS must contact your spouse or former spouse. There are no exceptions, even for victims of family violence. However, to protect your privacy, the IRS will not disclose your personal information (for example, your current name, address, phone number(s), information about your employer, your income or assets or any other information that does not relate to making a determination about your request for relief from liability. *Caution: If you petition the Tax Court your spouse or former spouse may see your personal information.
Free tax help is available through the IRS by going to www.irs.gov or by calling 800-829-1040 and through the Texas Taxpayer Assistance Project at (888)-988-9996.