EITC Awareness Day: Put the Earned Income Tax Credit to Work for You

save for a rainy day EITCDid you know you could be eligible to get more money back from the IRS – as much as $6,044?

If you earned less than $51,567 from wages, self-employment, or farming last year, you may be eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit  (EITC).

EITC can be a benefit for working people like you, your family and community. You may be among the millions who will qualify for the first time because of a change in your financial, marital or parental status in 2013.

But you must file a federal income tax return claiming the credit to get it.

The Earned Income Tax Credit has continued to help improve the lives of workers for over 38 years. Yet each year many eligible workers go without claiming the credit, possibly because of changes to their financial, marital and parental statuses. Workers experiencing these changes may qualify for EITC for the first time.

IRS estimates 4 of 5 eligible workers claim and get EITC, however rural and non-traditional families — such as grandparents raising grandchildren — childless workers, and non-English speaking taxpayers are among those who most frequently overlook the credit.

Unlike other tax credits, both EITC eligibility and the amount of tax credit you are eligible for is based on several factors. These include, the amount of your income, or combined incomes if married, whether you have qualifying children and how many. Workers without children also may qualify for EITC.

Workers without children may also qualify.

How to get the EITC

orange arrowTo find out if you are qualified to receive Earned Income Tax Credit, use the online EITC Assistant to estimate the amount of credit you are entitled to claim.

orange arrowYou can use this free site to claim the credit and file your taxes online. (You can use this site even if you don’t claim the EITC.)

orange arrowOr contact us and get free help preparing your EITC tax return! 

You worked and earned it. Now put the Earned Income Tax Credit to work for you. Visit www.irs.gov/eitc to learn more about EITC.


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