Hi, I'm Maria, and I work for the IRS.
Many workers with low-to-moderate income may be eligible for a tax credit that could boost their refund.
It's the Earned Income Tax Credit or EITC. Exactly how much of the credit you get depends on your income and family size.
Families with at least one qualifying child can get thousands of dollars with their tax refund.
Even single workers without a qualifying child may be eligible for the credit.
You must meet certain basic rules to be eligible for the EITC.
Go to irs.gov/eitc and click on the EITC Assistant to see if you are eligible.
Now, this is important: Errors on your return could delay your refund, or even cause your tax credit to be denied.
Since the credit can add thousands of dollars to a tax refund, the IRS takes false claims very seriously.
So, make sure you report your income correctly on your tax return and that any child you claim meets all the qualifying child rules.
Then, if you are eligible, file an accurate tax return to claim the credit.
You can do this for free using brand-name tax preparation software at irs.gov/freefile.
Or, you can get free tax preparation help at a volunteer site near you.
Just go to irs.gov/vita and use one of the locator tools.
If you use a paid tax professional, make sure you pick someone you can trust to file an accurate return.
And if you go to irs.gov/chooseataxpro, you can get tips for choosing a tax preparer.
Keep in mind that you are legally responsible for what's on your return, no matter who filled it out for you.
Also know that by law, we cannot issue any refund claiming the EITC or the Additional Child Tax Credit before mid-February.
And remember, if you're eligible for the EITC, it's important to get it, and to get it right.
You can learn more about the Earned Income Tax Credit and how to claim it at irs.gov/eitc.