Did you miss your chance to get up to $6,269 back? Don’t worry. You can still amend your return with the federal Earned Income Tax Credit.
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.
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)
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 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
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
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.
North Central Financial Center
1415 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19122
Walk-in & Drop-off
- Tue.,Wed.,Thu.: 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
5649 Christian St., Philadelphia, PA 19143
- Tue. & Wed.: 10 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
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.
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 .