United Way of Central Massachusetts

Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) - Free Tax Preparation

What is the EITC?

The EITC is a federal tax refund for eligible working individuals and households. Through the EITC Coalition, United Way of Central Massachusetts is making this tax credit more easily accessible to those who need it most.

You must have earned income to apply for the EITC. Households that qualify for the EITC could receive a tax credit refund of up to $6,044.

The EITC is a tax benefit for low to moderate-income working individuals and families. Workers who qualify for the EITC and file an income tax return can receive a refund, even if they had no income tax liability for the given year.

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Why is the EITC important?

Each year, low-income families substantially increase their annual income by utilizing the EITC. In fact, the EITC lifts more families out of poverty than any other federal aid program, providing families an opportunity to increase savings, reduce debt, and finance education or training programs.

Reality of EITC losses:  Each year, the EITC credits that go unclaimed by low-income workers represent millions of dollars of lost revenue that would otherwise boost local economies.

Who is eligible in 2013?

Families with one child who earn less than $37,870 ($43,210 married filing jointly) in 20123 are eligible for a potential Federal refund of up to $3,250.

Families with two children who earn less than $43,038 ($48,378 married filing jointly) in 2013 are eligible for a potential Federal refund of up to $5,372.

Families with three or more children who earn less than $46,227 ($51,567 married filing jointly) in 2013 are eligible for a potential Federal refund of up to $6,044.

Workers without a qualifying child who earn less than$14,340 ($19,680 married filing jointly) in 2013 are eligible for a potential Federal refund of up to $487.

* Investment income can not exceed $3,300.

How to claim the EITC

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