Just a friendly reminder about the negative income tax for 2011. The deadline to file based upon your 2011 earnings has been extended to November 30th.
It's easy. Just go into the post office (not all post offices do all tasks, please verify which branch to use), with your Teudat Zehut and your bank account information (take a check, everything they need is on there, or get a letter from your bank, the banker will have a form to fill out and stamp if you don't have a check. Just knowing your account # and branch # isn't enough, it needs to be "official".). Let the clerk know that you want to apply for "mas shleelee". Answer a few questions, and then go home. Your approval may take a few weeks, and you'll be given instructions for checking the status online.
This program is open to people who earned, on average, no less than 2040 shekels per month and no more than 6645 shekels per month. Even if some months you earned more, if you were unemployed or under-employed for part of the time, you may qualify. In some cases, people who are (legally) self-employed qualify as well... If you were employed by a relative, you are not allowed to claim this benefit.
If you have questions about it, call the tax authority at *4954.
Check it out and see!
Nothing ventured, nothing gained.