You Earned EITC Philly

Don’t miss your chance to get back up to $6,269 with the Federal Earned Income Tax Credit.

Deadline is April 18, 2017.

Understand EITC

Did you earn less than $53,505 last year? Get up to $6,269 of it back!

That’s a lot of money back in your pocket! If you are age 25 to 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 low to moderate income individuals and families that is worth up to $6,269 per income tax return. In previous years, more than 188,000 Philadelphians received an EITC refund.

Of the 228,000 Philadelphians who could receive a refund, almost 40,000 have not applied--leaving almost $100 million on the table. It’s your money! And the average refund is $2,500! 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 .

Calculate EITC

There are limits on how much you can earn in Tax Year 2016 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.

2016 Income Eligibility Based on Filing Status

None
$14,880
$20,430
$506
One
$39,296
$44,846
$3,373
Two
$44,648
$50,198
$5,572
Three or more
$47,955
$53,505
$6,269

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 Your EITC

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

    Walk-in & Drop-off

    10th Floor, 1199C members only

    Open:
    • Wed.: 4:30pm–7:30 p.m.
    • Sat.: 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
  • Municipal Services Building

    1401 JFK Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19102

    Drop-off only

    Concourse Level

    Open:
    • Mon.–Thu.: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
  • Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation

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

    Chinese

    Walk-in & Drop-off

    Open:
    • Sat.: 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
      2/11, 2/18, 3/4, & 3/11
    • Sun: 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
      2/12, 2/19, 3/5, & 3/12
  • The Domb Center - Center City Super Site

    121 S. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19107

    Walk-in & Drop-off

    10th Floor

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

    5847 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19144

    Walk-in & Drop-off

    Open:
    • Mon.–Wed.: 4 .pm.–8 p.m.
    • Sat.: 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
  • Indochinese-American Council

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

    Spanish, Vietnamese

    Open:
    • Jan. & Feb., Tue.: 5:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
      Walk-in & Drop-off
    • Jan. & Feb., Sat.: 9 a.m.–12 p.m.
      Walk-in & Drop-off
    • Jan. & Feb., Sun.: 1 p.m.–3 p.m.
      Walk-in & Drop-off
    • Mar. & Apr.
      Appointments only, Call 215-457-0272
  • Martin Luther King H.S.

    6100 Stenton Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19138

    Walk-in & Drop-off

    Open:
    • Tue. & Thu.: 3 p.m.–5:30 p.m.
    • Sat.: 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
  • Aspira Inc. of Pennsylvania

    4322 N. 5th St., Philadelphia, PA 19140

    Spanish

    Open:
    • Mon.: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
      Walk-in & Drop-off
    • Mon.: 5 p.m.–6 p.m.
      Drop-off Only
    • Wed.: 10 a.m.–7 p.m.
      Walk-in & Drop-off
  • HACE Business & Visitor Center

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

    Spanish

    Walk-in & Drop-off

    Open:
    • Tue. & Thu.: 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
    • Sat.: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
  • Municipal Services Building

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

    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

    Spanish, Chinese

    Walk-in & Drop-off

    Suite 222

    Open:
    • Mon.–Thu.: 10 a.m.–7 p.m.
    • Fri.: 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
  • Aspira–John B. Stetson Charter School

    3200 B St., Philadelphia, PA 19134

    Spanish

    Walk-in & Drop-off

     Entry on Westmoreland Street

    Open:
    • Tue. & Thu.: 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
      1/27/2017 to 4/16/2017
  • Ceiba

    147 W. Susquehanna Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19122

    Spanish

    Walk-in & Drop-off

    Assistance with ITIN Applications and Renewals

    Open:
    • Fri. & Sat.: 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
      1/27/2017 to 4/16/2017
  • Northeast Super Site

    2115 Cottman Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19152

    Albanian, Turkish, Russian, Spanish

    Walk-in & Drop-off

    Unit 45 Next to the Gap Factory

    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

    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

    Burmese, Vietnamese, 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

    Walk-in & Drop-off

    Open:
    • Mon. & Tue.: 12 p.m.–6:30 p.m.
    • Wed. & Thu.: 10 a.m.–12 p.m.
    • Sat.: 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
  • ACHIEVEability

    21 S 60th St., Philadelphia, PA 19139

    Walk-in & Drop-off

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

    3901 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19104

    Walk-in & Drop-off

    Open:
    • Mon. & Wed.: 10 a.m.–7 p.m.
    • Fri.: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
    • Sat.: 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
  • Mount Pisgah a.m.E. Church

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

    Chinese

    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.

Get 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 your tax return is done correctly. You must file no later than April 17, 2017.

  • 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 you list 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 direct deposit any 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.

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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 2016 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 .