EITC is a federal tax credit for low-to-middle income working individuals and families. To qualify you must file an income tax return - even if the IRS doesn't require filing taxes for your income level. If you qualify for EITC, you also qualify to have your taxes prepared for free.
The EITC has no effect on certain welfare benefits. In most cases, EITC payments will not be used to determine eligibility for Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), SNAP, low-income housing or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) payments.
- EITC Income Limits, Maximum Credit Amounts and Tax Law Updates
- General Requirements IRS Publication 4194 (PDF)
- Internal Revenue Service-EITC
Free Tax Preparation Assistance
If you qualify for EITC, you also qualify to have your taxes prepared for free by IRS-trained and certified volunteers at one of many free tax preparation sites. You can also call 211 or visit http://www.211virginia.org to locate a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) or an AARP Tax-Aide site closest to you.
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