Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC, or EIC) puts money back into the pockets of qualifying low- and moderate-income working taxpayers when they file their tax returns. Higher income limits and credits this year mean more filers will qualify for the EITC, and those who do qualify will get a bigger check.

Updated for the 2016 tax year, Consumer Action’s Get Credit for Your Hard Work provides the EITC information your clients need, including income limits, eligibility criteria and how to file. This resource is available free as an online article or a printable PDF download.

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Beginning in 2017, a new law requires the IRS to hold your EITC/ACTC refund until February 15.  The IRS must hold the entire refund, not just the credit portion.  But don’t wait.  File your tax return when you have all the documents. 

Click here for EITC Fast Facts.