You Earned EITC Philly

Get up to $6,557 back when filing your taxes with the federal Earned Income Tax Credit.

Understand EITC

Get up to $6,557 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 $6,557 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 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 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

None
$15,570
$21,370
$529
One
$41,094
$46,884
$3,526
Two
$46,703
$52,493
$5,828
Three or more
$50,162
$55,952
$6,557

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.

Calculate EITC

Calculate your EITC

Tax Year 2019 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.–Thu.: 10 a.m.–7 p.m.
    • Fri.: 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
    • Sat.: 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

  • District 1199C Training Fund

    100 S Broad Street, 10th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19102

    (Members only)


    Open:
    • Wed.: 4:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
    • Sat.: 9 a.m.–1 p.m.

  • Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation

    1001 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

    Chinese


    Open:
    • Sat.–Sun.: 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
      Open Feb. 15–March 15; Closed Feb. 29 & Mar. 1

  • CareerLink Northwest

    5847 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19144


    Open:
    • Mon.–Wed.: 4 p.m.–8 p.m.
    • Sat.: 9 a.m.–2 p.m.

  • Indochinese-American Council

    4934 Old York Road, Philadelphia, PA 19141

    Vietnamese, Spanish


    Open:
    • Tue.: 4 p.m.–7 p.m.
    • Wed.–Thu.: 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

  • CWF Headquarters

    1415 N Broad Street, Suite 222, Philadelphia, PA 19122

    Vietnamese, Spanish


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

  • HACE Business & Visitor Center

    2708 N 5th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19133

    Spanish


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

  • Saint Christopher’s Hospital for Children

    160 E Erie Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19134


    Open:
    • Mon.: 11 a.m.–7 p.m.
    • Sat.: 8 a.m.–4 p.m.

  • Vaux EnVision Center

    2300 Master Street, Philadelphia, PA 19121


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

  • Ceiba

    174 Diamond Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122

    Spanish

    Begins operation on January 24, 2020.


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

  • Congreso de Latinos Unidos

    216 W Somerset Street, Philadelphia, PA 19133

    Spanish


    Open:
    • Mon., Tue., Thu.: 5:30 p.m.–8 p.m.
    • Wed.: 9 a.m.–1 p.m.

  • Impact Services

    1952 E Allegheny Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19134

    Drop-off service only


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

  • NKCDC — Orinoka Civic House

    2771 Ruth Street, Philadelphia, PA 19134

    Suite 1


    Open:
    • Mon.: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
    • Wed.: 9 a.m.–2 p.m.

  • Dixon House

    1920 S 20th Street, 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 Street, Philadelphia, PA 19148

    Burmese, Vietnamese and Indonesian


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

  • Ebenezer Church

    5649 Christian Street, Philadelphia, PA 19143


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

  • ACHIEVEability

    59 N 60th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19139


    Open:
    • Tue. & Thu.: 9 a.m.–7 p.m.
      By appointment only. Please call (215) 557-8484.
    • Sat.: 9 a.m.–1 p.m.

  • CHOP Karabots

    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 Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

    Chinese


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

  • Northeast Super Site

    7300 Bustleton Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19152

    Albanian, Turkish, Russian and Spanish


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

  • ParkWest Town Center

    1575 N 52nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19131

    Mercy Healthcare Building (in front of Lowe’s).


    Open:
    • Tue., Wed., Thu.: 10 a.m.–7 p.m.
    • Sat.: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

  • Lenfest Center

    3890 N 10th Street Philadelphia, PA 19140


    Open:
    • Tue. & Wed.: 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

  • Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network

    7047 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19119


    Open:
    • Tue.: 10 a.m.–2 p.m.; 4 p.m.–6 p.m.
    • Thu.: 1 p.m.–5 p.m.
    • Sat.: 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

  • Project HOME — Honickman Center

    1936 Judson Street, Philadelphia, PA 19121


    Open:
    • Thu.: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

  • Project HOME — Hub of Hope

    1400-30 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102


    Open:
    • Tue.: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

  • Project HOME — Main Office

    1515 Fairmount Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19130


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

  • Utility Emergency Services Fund

    1608 Walnut Street, Philadelphia PA 19103

    Suite 600


    Open:
    • Mon., Tue., Wed.: 10 a.m.–3 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, 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 .