Get up to $6,557 back when filing your taxes with the federal Earned Income Tax Credit.
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 $6,557 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 188,000 Philadelphians received an EITC refund, but over 45,000 of those who were eligible never applied—leaving over $131 million on the table. And the average refund is about $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.
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 federal 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 2019 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.
2019 Income Eligibility Based on Filing Status
Maximum Investment Income
If you have income from investments, it must be $3,600 or less, and be counted as part of the maximum earned income levels in the chart above.
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 .
EITC free tax preparation sites closed until further notice.
In light of ongoing concerns about COVID-19, the 27 free tax preparation sites associated with the City of Philadelphia’s Federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) campaign are now closed until further notice. Out of an abundance of caution for residents, we are taking the steps with our tax preparation partners - Campaign for Working Families and Ceiba - to minimize health risks at this time. The Philadelphia Department of Revenue will continue to share updates via its social media channels, and encourages all Philadelphians to receive City notifications by texting COVIDPHL to 888-777. You can still file for free in the absence of an open tax prep site by going to MyFreeTaxes.com.
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 15, 2020.
- 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 federal Earned Income Tax Credit. You’re entitled to it! It’s your money. You earned it. And remember, you can get free assistance to prepare your 2019 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 .
Download materials with details on earned income tax credits, tips on how to claim money, and locations for FREE tax help. Some items are available in multiple languages.
Information about EITC and eligibility as well as a list of FREE tax-prep locations to be distributed with W-2s.See all available languages
Social Media Kit (ZIP , 4.39MB)
Help us spread the word about the federal Earned Income Tax Credit. This kit includes sample posts and supporting images.