Don't Miss Out on Claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit!

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) can provide a working family with a refund up to $6,044. We want to ensure that all low-income families who worked in 2013 know about the EITC. Free tax preparation assistance is available through the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Most VITA sites offer free electronic filing for faster refunds. To locate a VITA site call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040 or search for VITA sites at www.irs.gov.

EITC refunds can represent a major opportunity for low-income working families to build assets and increase their financial security. To provide additional opportunities to save at tax time, the IRS allows tax filers to automatically buy U.S. Savings Bonds when filing for tax refunds. Tax filers who are getting refunds can buy U.S. Savings Bonds for others, as well as for themselves and the Savings Bond purchase option is available to tax filers without bank accounts. For more information on Savings Bonds, visit http://bondsmakeiteasy.org.

EITC refunds can also be used to open Individual Development Accounts (IDAs) through an Assets for Independence (AFI) Project. IDAs are matched savings accounts that enable low income and low-wealth individuals to save for a specified goal within a defined time frame. The savings goals are homeownership, small business ownership, and post-secondary education. Locate an AFI project near you.

Please join us in getting the word out about EITC and these important financial resources. Together, we can ensure that all EITC eligible workers and families receive the credit that they earned.