You Earned EITC Philly

Get up to $6,318 back when filing your taxes with the federal Earned Income Tax Credit.

Understand EITC

Get up to $6,318 back when filing your taxes this year!

That’s a lot of money back in your pocket! If you are at least 25 and under 65 or have a qualifying child, you may be eligible for the Federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). The EITC is a refundable credit available to individuals and families that is worth up to $6,318 per income tax return. EITC does not count as income. So no matter how much you get back, you’ll still be eligible for any government assistance programs you’re enrolled in.

In previous years, more than 197,000 Philadelphians received an EITC refund, but over 40,000 of those who were eligible never applied—leaving over $100 million on the table. And the average refund is $2,500. It’s your money. So get back what’s rightfully yours. This website will help you to:

  • Find out if you qualify
  • Calculate the maximum credit amount
  • Find tax professionals who will help you complete your tax return for free
  • Claim your tax credit

Basic Eligibility Rules

You, your spouse and any qualifying child you list on your tax return must have a valid Social Security number.

Filing Status

You cannot claim EITC if your filing status is married, filing separately, but you can claim EITC if you are:

  • Married, filing jointly
  • Head of household
  • Qualifying widow(er)
  • Single

Want more info?

For complete details on the Earned Income Tax Credit, and how much more money it could mean for you or your family, please visit the U.S. Internal Revenue Service .

There are limits on how much you can earn in Tax Year 2017 and still qualify for the EITC. And there are two ways you can earn income:

  • You can work for someone who pays you, or
  • You can own or run a business or a farm.

2017 Income Eligibility Based on Filing Status

None
$15,010
$20,600
$510
One
$39,617
$45,207
$3,400
Two
$45,007
$50,597
$5,616
Three or more
$48,340
$53,930
$6,318

Maximum Investment Income

If you have income from investments, it must be $3,400 or less, and be counted as part of the maximum earned income levels in the chart above.

Calculate EITC

Calculate your EITC

Tax Year 2017 Estimator

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Locate EITC

Now that you know how much extra money could be coming your way, you should also know that there are professionals who will help you prepare your federal and state taxes, free of charge, throughout Philadelphia. To find information on free tax preparation assistance—including location, hours of operation, which sites offer appointments or drop off service, and more—review the list below.

If you feel you do not need help and are comfortable preparing your own return, use the free forms available from the IRS. Download them here .

Get help at a City of Philadelphia Tax Preparation location near you.

  • District 1199C Training Fund

    100 S. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19102

    English

    Walk-in & Drop-off

    10th Floor, 1199C members only


    Open:
    • Wed.: 3:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
    • Sat.: 9 a.m.–1 p.m.

  • Municipal Services Building

    1401 JFK Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19102

    English

    Drop-off only


    Open:
    • Mon., Tue., Thu., Fri.: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

  • Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation

    301 N. 9th St., Philadelphia, PA 19107

    English, 繁體中文

    Walk-in & Drop-off


    Open:
    • Sat.-Sun.: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
      Last client admitted at 3:30pm - Closed 3/3-3/4

  • SEPTA Suburban Station

    800-209-2914

    16th Street and JFK Blvd., Philadelphia, PA

    English

    Walk-in & Appointments

    At the entrance to Regional Rail Tracks 1 & 2 (across from SEPTA Information Desk); Opens January 29, 2018; Closed on 3/30 (Good Friday)


    Open:
    • Mon.: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
    • Tue. & Wed.: 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
    • Fri.: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

  • The Domb Center - Center City Super Site

    1435 Walnut Street, Phila. PA 19102

    English

    (Entrance on 15 street)


    Open:
    • Mon.–Thu.: 10 a.m.–7 p.m.
    • Fri.: 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
    • Sat.: 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

  • Women in Transition (WIT)

    215-564-5301

    718 Arch Street, Suite 401N, Philadelphia, PA 19106

    English

    Walk-in & Appointments

    Opens February 6, 2018


    Open:
    • Tue. & Wed.: 3 p.m.–6 p.m.

  • Crozer Library

    610-494-3454

    620 Engle St., Chester, PA

    English

    Date Site Opens: Wednesday January 31, 2018


    Open:
    • Wed. & Thur.: 4:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.

  • PathWays PA Main Office

    610-543-5022

    1300 East MacDade Boulevard, Folsom, PA

    English

    Date Site Opens: Monday January 22, 2018. Closed on 3/30.


    Open:
    • Mon., Tue., & Thur.: 1 p.m.–8 p.m.
    • Wed. & Fri.: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
    • Sat.: 9:30 a.m.–2 p.m.

  • State Rep Margo Davidson Office

    1500 Garrett Rd., Upper Darby, PA 19082

    English

    Appointments

    Appointments Only Call 610-259-7016


    Open:
    • Wed.: 5 p.m.–7 p.m.
    • Sat.: 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

  • CareerLink Northwest

    5847 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19144

    English

    Walk-in & Drop-off


    Open:
    • Mon.–Wed.: 4 .pm.–8 p.m.
    • Sat.: 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

  • Indochinese-American Council

    4934-36 Old York Rd., Philadelphia, PA 19141

    English, Español, Việt

    Appointments


    Open:
    • Mon., Wed. Evening, Sat.
      Appointments Only - Call 215-457-0272

  • Martin Luther King H.S.

    6100 Stenton Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19138

    English

    Walk-in & Drop-off


    Open:
    • Mon. & Wed.: 3:15 p.m.–5:15 p.m.
    • Fri.: 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
      4/13 only
    • Sat.: 9 a.m.–11:30 p.m.

  • Ceiba

    174 W Diamond St., Philadelphia, PA 19122

    English, Español

    Opens 1/26/2018


    Open:
    • Fri. & Sat.: 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

  • CADCOM

    113 E. Main St., Norristown, PA 19401

    English

    Appointments


    Open:
    • Mon.-Thu.: 4:45 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
    • Sat.: 9 a.m.–1 p.m.

  • CADCOM-Willow Grove CDC

    210 Cedar Ave., Willow Grove, PA 19090

    English

    Appointments


    Open:
    • Tue. & Thu.: 4:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
    • Sat.: 9 a.m.–1 p.m.

  • Family Services-Eagleville

    3125 Ridge Pike, Eagleville, PA 19403

    English

    Appointments


    Open:
    • Thu.: 5 p.m.–8 p.m.

  • Family Services-Pottstown

    1976 E. High St., Pottstown, PA 19464

    English

    Appointments


    Open:
    • Mon. & Tue.: 5 p.m.–8 p.m.
    • Sat.: 9 a.m.–1 p.m.

  • Indian Valley Public Library

    100 E Church Ave, Telford, PA 18969

    English


    Open:
    • Mon. & Wed.: 12 p.m.–6 p.m.
    • Sat.: 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

  • Temple University-Ambler

    580 Meetinghouse Rd., Ambler, PA 19002

    English


    Open:
    • Sat.: 1 p.m.–5 p.m.

  • Mt. Vernon Manor Neighborhood Advisory Committee (NAC) Mantua Haverford Community Center

    631 N. 39th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

    English

    Walk-in & Appointments

    Call Lorraine Gomez at 215-475-9492; Open January 23, 2018 to April 13, 2018; Closed Good Friday, March 30


    Open:
    • Tue.,Wed.,Thu.: 3 p.m.–6 p.m.
    • Fri.: 7 a.m.–10 a.m.
      Appointments only

  • HACE Business & Visitor Center

    2708 N. 5th St., Philadelphia, PA 19133

    English, Español

    Walk-in & Drop-off


    Open:
    • Tue. & Thu.: 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
    • Sat.: 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

  • Municipal Services Building

    2741 N. 22nd St., Philadelphia, PA 19132

    English

    Drop-off only


    Open:
    • Mon., Tue., Thu., Fri.: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

  • North Central Financial Center

    1415 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19122

    English, Español, 繁體中文

    Walk-in & Drop-off

    Suite 222


    Open:
    • Mon.-Thu.: 10 a.m.–7 p.m.
    • Fri.: 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

  • Northeast Super Site

    2113 Cottman Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19152

    English, Albanian, Turkish, Русский, Español

    Walk-in & Drop-off

    Near The Gap


    Open:
    • Mon.–Thu.: 10 a.m.–7 p.m.
    • Fri.: 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
    • Sat.: 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

  • Dixon House

    1920 S. 20th St., Philadelphia, PA 19146

    English

    Walk-in & Drop-off


    Open:
    • Mon. & Wed.: 5 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
    • Sat.: 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

  • United Communities

    2029 S. 8th St., Philadelphia, PA 19148

    English, Burmese, Việt, Indonesian

    Walk-in & Drop-off


    Open:
    • Tue. & Thu.: 3 p.m.–7 p.m.
    • Sat.: 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

  • Ebenezer Church

    5649 Christian St., Philadelphia, PA 19143

    English

    Walk-in


    Open:
    • Mon. & Tue.: 12 p.m.–6 p.m.
    • Wed. & Thu.: 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
    • Mon. & Tue.: 9 a.m.–2 p.m.

  • ACHIEVEability

    21 S 60th St., Philadelphia, PA 19139

    English

    Walk-in & Drop-off


    Open:
    • Tue. & Thu.: 9 a.m.–7 p.m.
    • Sat.: 9 a.m.–1 p.m.

  • Mount Pisgah A.M.E. Church

    428 N. 41st St., Philadelphia, PA 19104

    English, 繁體中文

    Walk-in & Drop-off


    Open:
    • Mon.: 2 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
    • Fri.: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
    • Sat.: 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

  • Parkside Association of Philadelpahia

    1719 N. 52nd St., Philadelphia, PA 19131

    English

    Suite G / Opening Fri. 2/2/18


    Open:
    • Mon. & Wed.: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
    • Fri.: 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
    • Sat.: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

  • Free Library of Philadelphia Walnut West Branch

    800-209-2914

    201 South 40th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

    English

    Walk-in & Appointments

    Opens January 27, 2018; Closed 2/17 & 3/17


    Open:
    • Sat.: 10:30 a.m.–4 p.m.

  • Florence Township Public Library

    609-447-0077

    1350 Hornberger Ave., Roebling, NJ 08554

    English

    Appointments

    Sign-up online at http://vita.sawka.org


    Open:
    • Mon.
      01/29/2018 - 04/08/2018

  • Maple Shade Library

    609-447-0077

    200 Stiles Ave., Maple Shade, NJ 08052

    English

    Appointments

    Sign-up online at http://vita.sawka.org


    Open:
    • Mon.
      01/29/2018 - 04/08/2018

  • Tabernacle Baptist Church

    150 E. Second Street, Burlington City, NJ 08016

    English

    Walk-In

    Rev. Dr. Cory L. Jones Sr. Pastor


    Open:
    • Mon. & Wed.: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

  • Cathedral Kitchen - Single Stop

    1514 Federal Street, Camden, NJ 08105

    English

    Walk-In


    Open:
    • Mon.: 2 p.m.–6 p.m.
    • Wed.: 2 p.m.–6 p.m.

  • Rutgers University - Nilsa I. Cruz-Perez Downtown Branch Camden County Library

    310 North 5th Street, Camden, NJ 08102

    English

    Walk-In

    Intake: One (1) hour prior to start time / closed March 10th, 14th, 16th, 17th, 30th, & 31th


    Open:
    • Wed.: 4 p.m.–7 p.m.
    • Fri.: 1 p.m.–5 p.m.
    • Sat.: 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

  • Voorhees Camden County Library

    203 Laurel Road, Voorhees, NJ 08043

    English

    Walk-In


    Open:
    • Thu.: 11 a.m.–7:30 p.m.

Claim EITC

Here's how to claim your EITC and what you should bring with you.

You cannot receive your EITC unless you file a Federal tax return and claim it. Before you go to one of Philadelphia’s free tax preparation locations, please bring the following information with you to ensure that your tax return is done correctly. You must file no later than April 17, 2018.

  • Social Security cards, a Social Security number verification letter, or other U.S. document that verifies all the people you list on your return.
  • Birthdates for all the people listed on your return.
  • Copies of last year’s federal and state tax returns.
  • All income statements, such as Forms W-2 and 1099, Social Security and unemployment compensation, as well as other statements such as pensions, stocks, interest and any documents showing taxes withheld.
  • If you run a business or a farm, collect records of all your expenses.
  • All records of other expenses such as tuition, mortgage interest, or real estate taxes.
  • Bank routing numbers and account numbers to directly deposit a refund.
  • Dependent child care information, such as name and address of paid caretakers and either their Social Security number or other tax identification number.
  • If you purchased insurance coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace use Form 1095-A , Health Insurance Marketplace Statement.

That’s all there is to it. If you’re qualified, go and claim your Earned Income Tax Credit. You’re entitled to! It’s your money. You earned it. And remember, you can get free assistance to prepare your 2017 tax return—even if you are not eligible for the EITC. if you have any other questions about the Federal EITC, please visit the U.S. Internal Revenue Service .