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Free Tax Preparation and Tax Credits Available for DC Working Families

Alice

Alice Topping,Intake Coordinator

Tax season is here and there are opportunities for many of DC’s working individuals and families to get more back in their tax refunds. The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a refundable federal tax credit for low- to moderate-income, working individuals and families designed to help workers keep more of what they have earned. Each year, approximately 50,000 DC residents claim the federal and DC EITC. These federal and DC tax credits combined put around $120 million back into our local community.

The DC Earned Income Tax Credit Campaign has established tax preparation sites throughout the city for individuals and families to get free help to prepare their tax returns and determine eligibility for the EITC. Individuals earning less than $35,000 per year and families with total incomes less than $51,000 are eligible for free tax preparation at sites in DC, Maryland and Virginia.

You can find more information about the local DC EITC Campaign and where you can get free help to prepare and file your taxes by clicking here.

More information about the Federal EITC and other tax benefits is located at the IRS EITC Home Page.

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