As tax season is upon us, I want to remind workers they may be eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). In addition to introducing Senate Bill 1347 (SB 1347) that would require employers to notify employees of their potential eligibility for the EITC, I have also reached out to employers to ask that they share this information with employees voluntarily. Workers may be eligible to get more money back from the IRS – as much as $5,751 – if they earned less than $49,078 from wages last year.
If you need assistance in determining your eligibility for EITC or general help with your tax returns, The United Way of Allegheny County and the Money In Your Pocket Coalition offer free tax preparation and financial education services to low-to-moderate income workers so that they can receive their full refund at tax time. Since 2006, they have trained and mobilized hundreds of community volunteers during tax season to provide free, quality income tax preparation assistance to families earning up to $40,000 and individuals making up to $20,000 a year. In the past three years, the Coalition has assisted in preparing 14,839 tax returns for low-to-moderate income households.
If you want to learn more about the EITC eligibility requirements and where to get free tax help, including partner sites located throughout Allegheny County, visit www.pghfreetaxes.org. These services are free but an appointment is required and all taxpayers must have all W2 forms and tax documents.