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.
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.
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.
Complete the Schedule EIC in the Federal 1040 or 1040A.
FREE TAX PREPARATION SERVICES: THE Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program provides IRS-trained volunteers to prepare and file tax returns for free.
Focus on Family Stability: United Way is connecting people and resources to improve the community by focusing on the building blocks for a good life: Education, Family Stability, and Health. Through the Earned Income Tax Credit Initiative, UWCM is addressing Financial Stability by helping taxpayers claim federal rebates and working to achieve its goal to reduce the child poverty rate in central Massachusetts by 10% in 2020. More about Family Stability
What we’re doing: We are part of the Worcester EITC Coalition, which is working to create awareness about the EITC and engage volunteers to help prepare taxes for free. The Coalition recruits volunteers to serve at VITA sites and helps people claim eligible tax credits. We are also working to build awareness about financial issues such as predatory lending practices, pay day loans, and predatory tax preparation services that further hinder an individual’s ability to save and build assets.
Our Sponsors: Bank of America and Internal Revenue Service
Our Coalition Partners: The Worcester EITC Coalition partners include: AllCom Credit Union, Assumption College, City Manager's Office of Economic Development, The Community Builders/Plumley Village, FDIC, Internal Revenue Service, Main South CDC, Office of Congressman James P. McGovern, Quinsigamond Community College, Southeast Asian Coalition of Central Massachusetts, Unum, United Way of Central Massachusetts, WCCA TV-13, Worcester Community Action Council Inc, and Worcester State University.
1. Main South Community Development Corporation: 875 Main Street, Worcester, MA, Phone: 508-752-6181
Opening Day: Monday, January 27, 2014. Hours of Operation (January 27 to March 13, 2014): Tuesday and Thursday 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.; and Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Hours of Operation (March 25 to April 12, 2014): Tuesday and Thursday 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.; and Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Types of returns: simple only. No taxes prepared from March 15 through March 22, 2014. Languages: Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese and Polish.
2. Plumley Village: Job Development Center, 16 Laurel Street, Worcester, MA, Phone: 508-770-0508
Opening Day: Saturday, January 25, 2014. Hours of Operation (January 25 - March 6, 2014): Tuesday 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.; Thursday 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.; and Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Hours of Operation (Tuesday, March 18 through Saturday, April 12, 2014): Tuesday: 4:00 p.m. – 7:00p.m.; Thursday: to be determined; and Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Types of returns: simple only. No taxes prepared from Saturday, March 8 to Saturday, March 15, 2014.
3. Worcester Community Action Council: 484 Main Street, Room 203, Worcester, MA, Phone: 508-754-1176 x 234
Opening Day: Tuesday, February 4, 2014. Hours of Operation: Monday through Wednesday 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m; Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
4. Worcester State University: 486 Chandler Street, Sullivan Academic Building, Rm 206, Worcester, MA, Phone: 508-929-8424; Email: email@example.com; Website: http://www.worcester.edu/vita
Opening Day: Wednesday, February 5, 2014. Hours of Operation: Monday and Wednesday 3:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., and Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. No taxes prepared on February 17, March 15, March 17, March 19, March 22, and snow days.
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by volunteering on my company’s United Way committee. I am very proud of Unum’s ongoing commitment to our community, especially this year when we had record turnout of volunteers for the Day of Caring and increased giving even with tough economic times.”
- Catherine Foster, Unum