Earned Income Tax Credit

Earned Income Tax Credit Can Put Money in Your Pocket!

In 2015, volunteer income tax assistance (VITA) sites helped return over $66 billion to working Americans by providing free tax preparation.  Mississippi residents received an average EITC refund of $2,875, the highest in the nation.

You could be eligible to get more money back from the IRS - as much as $6,242. If you earned less than $53,267 from wages, self-employment, or farming last year, you may qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit  - or EITC.

EITC can be a financial boost for working people like you, your family, and community. You may be among the millions who will qualify for the first time because your financial, marital, or parental status changed in 2016.

Eligibility is based on several factors, including the amount of earned and other types of income, or combined income if married, whether you have qualifying children and how many. Workers without children may also qualify.

Four of five eligible people claim and get their EITC. Use IRS's online EITC Assistant to see if you qualify. If so, you must file and claim the credit to get it.

What to bring to a VITA site

    Valid Picture I.D.

    Social Security card(s) for you, your spouse, children, and any others shown on the tax return

    A copy of your 2010 tax return is helpful but not required

    Copies of ALL 1098s, 1099s, Social Security statement, and the amount of other income received by you, and your spouse if applicable

    Form 8332 for non-custodial parent claiming child

    Child/Dependent Care provider’s tax number, if applicable

    Student loan interest/college tuition expenses paid

    For direct deposit, bring bank account number and routing transit number - a copy of a voided check

    Additional documentation to claim possible tax credits, such as the first-time homebuyer credit