Cash Assistance and Tax Credits

Several state agencies are involved in providing cash assistance and tax credits to eligible families. These agencies include the Wisconsin Department of Revenue, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, and the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families.

Unemployment Insurance

Unemployment Insurance (UI) provides temporary cash assistance to qualified unemployed workers looking for a job. Benefits are based on past earnings, not on current income.

Fact sheet for Unemployment Insurance (pdf)

Hoja de datos de Unemployment Insurance (Seguro de desempleo) (pdf)

Learn more about Unemployment Insurance:

General information

Apply online

Wisconsin Works (W-2)

W-2 is a program for limited income families that provides financial help and employment and training services. Participants receive monthly cash payments for working in eligible job positions.

Fact sheet for W-2 (pdf)

Hoja de datos de W-2 (Wisconsin trabaja) (pdf)

Learn more about W-2:

General information

Local W-2 agencies

Earned Income Tax Credit

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) can lower taxes and provide cash back to low and moderate income workers. There are two related programs—the federal EITC and the Wisconsin Earned Income Credit (EIC). Both programs aim to reduce tax burden and supplement wages.

Fact sheet for Earned Income Tax Credit (pdf)

Hoja de datos de Earned Income Tax Credit (Crédito por ingreso del trabajo) (pdf)

Learn more about the Earned Income Tax Credit:

General Information

Tax Forms

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Sites

Homestead Credit

The Homestead Credit is a Wisconsin tax benefit for low and moderate income renters and homeowners. It can lower your state income taxes, and may provide cash back if your income is too low to pay taxes.

Fact sheet for Homestead Credit (pdf)

Hoja de datos de Homestead Credit (Crédito tributario para la propiedad) (pdf)

Learn more about the Homestead Credit:

General information from UW-Extension

General Information from Wisconsin Department of Revenue

Department of Revenue Offices

Tax Forms

Supplemental Security Income

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) provides cash assistance to individuals with limited incomes who are elderly, or of any age and are blind or disabled.

Fact Sheet for Supplemental Security Income (pdf)

Hoja de datos de Supplemental Security Income (Ingreso suplemental de seguridad) (pdf)

 Learn more about Supplemental Security Income:

Federal Social Security Information

Information on Wisconsin’s SSI

Locate a Social Security Office near you