Earned Income Tax CreditUnited Way’s Financial Stability Coalition assists low-to moderate-income families in claiming the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). EITC is credited with lifting more children out of poverty than any other federal program. At a time when many families are struggling to make ends meet, EITC dollars can be used to reduce debt, improve job skills, build savings or take other steps to improve financial stability, which is one of United Way’s primary focus areas.

What is Earned Income?

In general, earned income is defined as wages, salaries, and tips that are received for working and that are reported on form W-2. Earned income also includes earnings from self employment.

Who is a “qualifying child”?

What if I don’t have qualifying children?

Does filing for EITC affect eligibility for other public benefits?

What if I already filed my tax return for the year?

What do I need to bring to my tax preparation appointment?

Among other factors, you must have:

  • Worked during the past year and earned income
  • A valid Social Security number for each family member
  • Joint tax-filing status (if married)
  • U.S. citizenship or resident alien status all year, or be a nonresident alien married to a U.S. citizen or resident alien and file a joint return

Your income in 2017 must be less than:

If you are SINGLE…
$47,955 if you have three or more qualifying children
$44,648 if you have two qualifying children
$39,296 if you have one qualifying child
$14,880 if you have no qualifying children

If you are MARRIED filing jointly…
$53,505 if you have three or more qualifying children
$50,198 if you have two qualifying children
$44,846 if you have one qualifying child
$20,430 if you have no qualifying children

  • All forms, W-2s, and 1099s
  • 1095 Health Insurance Statement
  • Information about other income
  • Information about all deductions/credits
  • A copy of last year’s tax return (if available)
  • Proof of account for direct deposit of refund (e.g., voided check)
  • Social Security card or ITIN numbers for you, your dependents and/or spouse
  • Photo identification for yourself and your spouse

To find VITA tax sites near you, call 2-1-1 or visit our VITA site.

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