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Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)

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.

Who Qualifies

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 to locate a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) or an AARP Tax-Aide site closest to you.

Make Your Tax Credit Work for You

Employer Posters & Information

Effective July 1, 2009, § 40.1-28.7:3 of the Code of Virginia required employers to post notices about the federal EITC and state Credit for Low-Income (CLI) taxpayers.

Contact Us

For additional information regarding EITC or other VDSS Programs & Services, refer to our Web page entitled "Direct Lines for Help with Programs & Services."