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Good News at Tax Time: Learn More About the Earned Income Tax Credit

by Karlie Watts | Jan 28, 2020


by Janet Byrd, Executive Director at Neighborhood Partnerships

As tax season quickly approaches, there may be some great news when you file this year! Many workers are eligible for Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), a tax credit that could put as much as $6,500 back in your budget. Even better, if you were eligible in past years you can file for three years total!

Who Qualifies for EITC?

Even if you don’t think you need to file taxes, it’s worth checking to see if you might be eligible for this refund. Single and married people who worked full or part time during 2019 may be eligible. Persons with disabilities, those living in rural areas, working grandparents, those who are serving or who have served in the military and many others are eligible to receive the credit.

Find out whether you might be eligible with this simple online tool: IRS’s EITC Assistant.

Additional Resources

If you think you are or might be eligible, and want help preparing your taxes, there’s also free help available in person and online.

People with low and modest incomes may be able to get free in-person help filing taxes with the help of trained volunteers who can help you complete and file your basic tax return, including claiming the EITC if you are eligible. Check these links for an online option or a location near you. Or, call 211 for help finding the option that’s right for you.

Online: the Free File Alliance can get you started, or, CASH Oregon has the information you need to file. For a listing of free in-person tax prep sites, you can use one of these tools.

  • CASH Oregon
  • AARP
  • IRS tax prep locator

    Good news at tax time? Yes, there may be. Help us spread the word, and check your eligibility today!



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