Are You Eligible for EITC? Get it, and get it right with volunteer help!

Working families may get a larger tax refund this year because of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), but to get it, you must claim it.  Friday, January 31st, marks the 8th National EITC Awareness Day, a nationwide effort to increase awareness about EITC and free tax preparation sites.

Volunteers – trained by the Internal Revenue Service – are available to help you claim the EITC and other tax benefits for which you are eligible.  They will prepare your tax return for free.

If you worked last year and had income of less than $51,567 you should check out your eligibility for EITC.  You also can get free help preparing your tax return.  Nationwide, millions of people miss out on EITC because they do not claim it on their tax return or they do not have a filing requirement.

On average, EITC adds $2,300 to working families’ refunds.  It can mean an additional $487 for people without children and up to $6,044 for those with three or more qualifying children.  Last year, more than 27 million workers received $67 billion in EITC refunds.

The EITC varies by income, family size, and filing status.  To be eligible, you must have earned income or certain disability income.  This means you must have income from wages, self-employment or farming.  You do not have to be married or to have children to qualify.  A trained volunteer can help you determine if you meet these and other EITC rules.

Click here to learn more about the EITC.

Click here to learn more about VITA sites, how to locate a site near you, and documents you should take to the site to aid in preparation of your returnCommunity volunteers will help you get EITC and the maximum refund you’re due.  This is money you can save, use to pay off bills, buy that car to get to work, or make a down payment on a home.

P.S.  At participating VITA sites, Affordable Care Act (ACA) information and enrollment assistance will be available to facilitate enrollment for 2014 coverage which goes through March 31st, at which time, those without insurance coverage, may be assessed a penalty.  For more information and to enroll, visit the Health Insurance Marketplace.


Leon R. McCowan, Regional Administrator
Administration for Children and Families, Region VI
Dallas, Texas