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Get up to $6,431 back when filing your taxes with the federal Earned Income Tax Credit.

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Understand EITC

Get up to $6,431 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 $6,431 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 50,000 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.

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 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 2018 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.

2018 Income Eligibility Based on Filing Status

None
$15,270
$20,950
$519
One
$40,320
$46,010
$3,461
Two
$45,802
$51,492
$5,716
Three or more
$49,194
$54,884
$6,431

Maximum Investment Income

If you have income from investments, it must be $3,450 or less, and be counted as part of the maximum earned income levels in the chart above.

Calculate EITC

Calculate your EITC

Tax Year 2018 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.

  • Center City Super Site @ RISE

    1425 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102


    Open:
    • Mon., Tue., Wed. & Fri.: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
    • Thu.: 9 a.m.–7 p.m.
    • Sat.: 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

  • District 1199C Training Fund

    100 S. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19102

    10th Floor, 1199C members only


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

  • Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation

    301-305 N. 9th St., Philadelphia, PA 19107


    Open:
    • Sat.-Sun.: 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
      Open 2/9-3/10 - Closed 2/23-2/24

  • SEPTA Suburban Station

    800-209-2914

    16th Street and JFK Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19102

    Appointments

    Opens Monday January 28, 2019. At the entrance to Regional Rail Tracks 1 & 2 (across from SEPTA Information Desk). Must call to make an appointment.


    Open:
    • Mon., Wed., Thurs., Fri.: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

  • Women in Transition (WIT)

    215-564-5301

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

    English

    Appointments

    Opens Tuesday February 5, 2019. Must call to make an appointment.


    Open:
    • Tue.: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

  • CareerLink Northwest

    5847 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19144


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

  • Indochinese-American Council

    4934 Old York Rd., Philadelphia, PA 19141


    Open:
    • Tue. & Thurs.: 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
    • Wed.: 3 p.m.–7 p.m.

  • Juvenile Justice Center

    100 W. Coulter Street, Philadelphia, PA 19144

    Drop-off

    Opens Wednesday February 6, 2019. Filers can drop off their tax return information during hours of operation and come back to review and sign their return when it has been completed.


    Open:
    • Wed.: 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

  • HACE Business & Visitor Center

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


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

  • Impact Services

    1952 E. Allegheny Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19134


    Open:
    • Tue. & Thu.: 4:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
    • Sat.: 10 a.m.–2 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

    Suite 222


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

  • Temple ECE Center

    1509 Cecil B. Moore Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19121

    2nd Floor


    Open:
    • Mon.: 12:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m.
    • Fri. & Sat.: 9 a.m.–1 p.m.

  • Northeast Super Site

    2113 Cottman Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19152

    Unit 32


    Open:
    • Mon.–Thu.: 10 a.m.–7 p.m.
    • Fri.: 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
    • Sat.: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

  • Dixon House

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


    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


    Open:
    • Thu.: 3 p.m.–6 p.m.
    • Sat.: 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

  • Ebenezer Church

    5649 Christian St., Philadelphia, PA 19143


    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

    59 N 60th St., Philadelphia, PA 19139


    Open:
    • Tue. & Thu.: 9 a.m.–7 p.m. (by appointment only - call 215-557-8484)
    • Sat.: 9 a.m.–12 p.m.

  • CHOP West

    4865 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19139


    Open:
    • Tue. & Thu.: 5 p.m.–7 p.m.
    • Sat.: 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

  • Mount Pisgah A.M.E. Church

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


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

  • ParkWest Town Center (formerly Anna’s Linens store)

    1575 N 52nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19131


    Open:
    • Tue. & Thu.: 10 a.m.–7 p.m.
    • Wed.: 10 a.m.–5 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

    Appointments

    Opens Saturday February 2, 2019. Closed 2/23 & 3/23. Must call to make an appointment.


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

  • Ceiba

    174 Diamond St., Philadelphia, PA 19122

    Español

    Appointments Only


    Open:
    • Fri. & Sat.: 9:30 a.m.–5 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 15, 2019.

  • 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 2018 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 .

Partner Resources

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