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
- Wisconsin Works
- Earned Income Tax Credit
- Homestead Credit
- Supplemental Security Income
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.
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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)
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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.
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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.
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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.