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HI, I’M CHRISTINA…AND I WORK FOR THE INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE. 
   
IF YOU WORKED ANY PART OF LAST YEAR…AND YOUR INCOME WAS AROUND 49-THOUSAND DOLLARS OR LESS…SEE IF YOU QUALIFY FOR THE EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT OR E-I-T-C.
    
YOU CAN CHECK BY USING THE EITC ASSISTANT ON IRS-DOT-GOV.
    
THE E-I-T-C COULD PUT EXTRA MONEY IN YOUR POCKET.
    
EXACTLY HOW MUCH DEPENDS UPON YOUR INCOME, FAMILY SIZE AND OTHER FACTORS. 
    
WORKERS WITH NO KIDS USUALLY GET LESS…WHILE FAMILIES USUALLY GET MORE. 
    
THE CREDIT COULD BE WORTH AS MUCH AS 57-HUNDRED DOLLARS.
    
THE AVERAGE CREDIT LAST YEAR WAS AROUND 21-HUNDRED DOLLARS.
    
SO… IF YOUR INCOME WAS AROUND 49-THOUSAND DOLLARS OR LESS… WHETHER YOU WERE AN EMPLOYEE OR YOU WERE SELF-EMPLOYED…INCLUDING FARM INCOME…YOU SHOULD DEFINITELY LOOK AT THE E-I-T-C.
     
BUT…YOU CAN ONLY GET THE E-I-T-C IF YOU FILE A FEDERAL TAX RETURN AND CLAIM THE CREDIT. 
    
THERE ARE MANY WAYS TO DO THIS FOR FREE.
    
FIRST OF ALL…YOU CAN USE BRAND-NAME TAX SOFTWARE THROUGH I-R-S FREE FILE—EXCLUSIVELY ON I-R-S DOT GOV.
    
AND YOU CAN ALSO GET HELP TO PREPARE A FEDERAL TAX RETURN AND CLAIM THE E-I-T-C AT ONE OF FOUR-HUNDRED I-R-S TAXPAYER ASSISTANCE CENTERS OR ONE OF THOUSANDS OF VOLUNTEER TAX HELP SITES ACROSS THE COUNTRY.
    
CHECK I-R-S DOT GOV FOR A SITE NEAR YOU.
    
EITC CAN MAKE LIFE A LITTLE EASIER…SO VISIT I-R-S-DOT-GOV-SLASH E-I-T-C TO FIND OUT IF YOU QUALIFY.

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