Don’t Miss Out on the Earned Income Tax Credit!


Hey there, savvy readers! Now that tax season is officially in full swing, we’re looking at ways you can keep more of your hard-earned money in your pockets. Buckle up because it’s time to dive into the world of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).

What’s all the buzz about, you ask? Let’s break it down for you in plain English.

What’s the Deal with EITC?

EITC is like your financial superhero, swooping in to rescue low-to-moderate-income workers. The IRS and its buddies have been running this show for the past 18 years, bringing together community organizations, elected officials, schools, and more to shout from the rooftops about this awesome tax credit.

In a nutshell, about 23 million workers and families got a sweet $57 billion in EITC for the 2022 tax year. That’s an average of around $2,541 per person! Now, here’s the kicker – roughly one in five folks eligible for EITC don’t claim it. Crazy, right? That’s why we’re trying to make sure you don’t miss out on your share.

What’s in it for You?

Wondering if you qualify? Well, if you’re a working individual with a modest income, chances are you do! The IRS has a handy tool called the EITC Assistant that can help you check your eligibility. But in a nutshell, you need to file a tax return, even if you don’t usually have to, and meet a few other requirements.

The cool part? EITC isn’t just for parents – even if you’re flying solo, you might still be eligible. The amount you can get varies, but those with qualifying kiddos can snag up to $7,430! Not too shabby, huh?

How to Get Your Hands on EITC

Alright, you’re sold on EITC, but how do you claim it? Easy peasy. You’ve got a few options:

Free File on Use the guided tax preparation software for free and file online. It’s perfect if you’re a DIY tax whiz.

Find a Tax Pro: Prefer leaving it to the pros? You can reach out to a certified tax planner, who can help you make sure you’re maximizing your credits!

Free Tax Help: There are Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) sites across the country, ready to assist eligible taxpayers. Check out for details.

When to Expect the Goodies

Now, you’re probably wondering when that sweet EITC cash will hit your bank account. If you filed early and opted for direct deposit, most refunds should roll in by February 27. Use the “Where’s My Refund?” tool on the IRS website to keep tabs on your moolah.

Don’t Stop There!

Even if EITC doesn’t quite fit your situation, don’t close the tax credits and deductions book just yet. By reaching out to a Certified Tax Planner, you can make sure you’re taking advantage of every deduction that fits your financial situation. Don’t leave money you deserve on the table!