Free Tax Preparation
If you earned less than $51,000 in 2012, 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
What is the EITC?
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 ETIC, 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), Northern Virginia Cash Coalition (NoVa CASH) and the Community Financial Center of Prince George’s Community College, 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.
Find a tax site near you:
Free online tax service for do-It-yourself filers
United Way NCA has partnered with MyFreeTaxes.com to provide a free online filing service for households making less than $57,000 per year. This service is absolutely free. Go to www.myfreetaxes.com/UnitedWayNCA to file your federal and state tax returns. On average, filers using this service save over $2,000 in tax refunds.
Spread the Word
Print out and distribute — or display — our informational flier about how to get started with this great program. Download the flier here.
Track Record of Success
United Way NCA raises awareness and provides access to free tax preparation or assisted self-filing services around the regions. In 2011, we mobilized nearly 1,000 volunteer tax preparers to prepare almost 10,000 returns. The resulting refunds totaled more than $14.1 Million dollars for area residents; almost $5.5 Million from the tax credit. On average, filers saw an increase in their refund of more than $500.
The EITC program is supported through generous grantw from the Walmart Foundation and Bank of America.
Funded service providers: