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Earned Income Tax Credit

If you earned less than $54,000 in 2016, you may be eligible to have your tax returns filed for free and qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).

That could mean a
bigger refund.

The earned income tax credit (EITC) is a tax credit for people who work but earn below a certain amount. A tax credit usually means more money in your pocket because it reduces the amount of tax you owe, resulting in a bigger refund.

While the greater Washington Area has one of the highest percentages of eligible filers taking advantage of the credit, there are still thousands of households not receiving their maximum refund, either because they are unaware of the EITC, or don’t have access to the tax services to help them apply for it.

That’s where we can help.

VITA: Free tax preparation services

Through our partners, Capital Area Asset Builders (CAAB) the Community Financial Center of Prince George’s Community College, Enterprise Development Group, the Northern Virginia CASH Campaign, and CAFE Montgomery we support Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites around the region where IRS certified volunteers will prepare returns for qualified residents completely free of charge.

Free online tax service for do-It-yourself filers

United Way NCA has partnered with to provide a free online filing service for households making less than $64,000 per year. This service is absolutely FREE. Go to to file your federal and state tax returns. On average, filers using this service save over $2,000 in tax refunds.

Track Record of Success

United Way NCA raises awareness and provides access to free tax preparation or assisted self-filing services around the regions. Last year, we mobilized volunteer tax preparers to prepare over 14,000 returns. The resulting refunds totaled more than $16 million dollars for area residents.