Give Your Paycheck a Boost - Claim the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)

Authored By: Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida

FAQ

The IRS is going to give me money?

YES!! The EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT (EITC) is a special tax benefit for people who work full-or part-time. If you qualify, you’ll owe less in taxes and you may get cash back. Even if you don’t owe income tax, you could get the EITC. But you must file a tax return. Even workers who aren’t raising children can get the EITC.

What if I don't know how to claim the earned Income Tax Credit?

If you are eligible for services, your local Legal Aid office may provide free advice regarding the EITC, in addition to assistance if your EITC claim is audited. 

Did you know...

For 2015, there's a higher rate for families with three or more qualifying children! If you have three or more children living with you, and your family earned less than $47,747 ($53,267 for married taxpayers), then you could get up to $6,242!

If you have two children living with you and your family earned less than $44,454 ($49,974 for married taxpayers), you could get up to $5,548.
If you have one child living with you, and your family earned less than $39,131 ($44,651 for married taxpayers), you could get up to $3,359.
If don’t have children living with you, and you earned less than $14,820 ($20,340 for married taxpayers), AND you are at least 25-years-old and under age 65, you could get up to $503.

*NOTE: These amounts are for tax year 2015

What if I have not filed taxes or didn't claim the EITC?

You can still get the EITC. If you were eligible, you can claim the EITC for three previous years. Call your local Legal Services office to find out how. 

What if I'm not a U.S. Citizen?

Employed legal immigrants are eligible for the EITC. If you are in the process of establishing your legal immigrant status, you are not eligible, but once you attain legal status, you can retroactively claim the EITC for the previous three years.

I work and get public assistance benefits. If I get the EITC, will I lose my other benefits?

The EITC does not affect benefits like Food Stamps, SSI, Medicaid, or public housing. In most cases, the EITC does not affect cash assistance.

Updated: May 4, 2017 

 

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