Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)

The Earned Income Tax Credit provides a tax credit and/or refund to people who earn low to moderate wages. The payment is received as part of the end-of-year tax filing period. Workers who qualify for the federal EITC also qualify for a state EITC which is currently 15% of the federal amount for tax year 2020. Who Qualifies? For tax …

Unemployment Insurance Program

The unemployment insurance program provides eligible individuals with up to 57.5% of his or her weekly wage for a specified period of time. Who Qualifies? Workers who are unemployed and who: Were employed for at least 8 weeks, Are unemployed through no fault of their own, Are able to work, available to work and searching for work, Unemployment Insurance (UI) …

Temporary Caregiver Insurance Program (TCI)

The Temporary Caregiver Insurance program (TCI) provides up to 4 weeks of benefits for people who need to be out of work to care for a seriously ill family member (child, spouse, domestic partner, parent, parent-in-law or grandparent) or to bond with a newborn child, adopted child or foster-care child. Who Qualifies? To be eligible for TCI benefits, you must …

Temporary Disability Insurance Program (TDI)

The Temporary Disability Insurance Program (TDI) provides up to thirty weeks of benefits for people who cannot work due to illness or injury that occurred outside of the workplace (If you are injured on the job, you may be eligible for worker’s compensation. Who Qualifies? To be eligible for TDI benefits, you must have: Earned wages in Rhode Island Paid …

Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

Provides cash assistance to persons age 65 and older and adults and children with serious physical or mental impairment(s). Maximum monthly payments in 2021 are $794 for an individual and $1,191 for a couple (if both spouses are eligible). SSI benefits are for individuals who have not worked and paid into the Social Security System or as a supplement to …

Child Tax Credit

Note: There are several major changes to the Child Tax Credit (CTC) for 2021: the amount per child has been increased, and you will receive part of it as an advanced credit each month beginning July 2021. You claim the rest of the credit when you file your 2021 tax return in 2022. Click here to learn more. The Child …

Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit (CDCTC)

The Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit is a federal and state tax credit that allows working people to deduct a percentage of their costs for child care or for care provided for an incapacitated dependent from the amount of federal taxes owed. The federal CDCTC is not refundable. The state CDCTC is 25 percent of the federal credit the …

Rhode Island Works Program

The RI Works Program provides cash assistance to families with children up to age 18 and work readiness services for enrolled parents. The maximum benefit is the amount listed in the chart below and depends on family size and living arrangement. A family receives the difference between countable income (income after RI Works deductions to earned income are applied) and …