With an infant or a young child in the home, thinking about tax time is likely the last stressor many of your families want to be dealing with. But, did you know that it is possible the clients you serve could qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)? And, even better, there are opportunities statewide for free assistance to help them prepare their tax returns?
Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)
According to the Internal Revenue Service, the EITC is “a benefit for working people with low to moderate income. To qualify, you must meet certain requirements and file a tax return, even if you do not owe any tax or are not required to file.” Even better, the EITC reduces the amount of tax a family owes and could even result in a refund!
It’s probably fair to say none of us like preparing our taxes and many of us are intimidated by the prospect of completing the forms required. However, your families do not have to go it alone. One tool is the Internal Revenue Service. This website allows a family to enter their zip code and find a free preparation site within 5 to 100 miles.
Additionally, there are a number of partners located across the state who provide the same free tax preparation service to qualifying families:
Encourage your families to get a jump start on tax season and see if they may qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit!