Hi, I’m Jeshal, and I work for the IRS.
Many low- to moderate-income workers may qualify for a tax credit that could boost their finances.
It’s the Earned Income Tax Credit or EITC.
Exactly how much of the credit you get depends on your income and family size.
Also, you must meet special rules for the EITC that are often complicated.
And 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 is a qualifying child.
Errors on your return could delay your refund, or even cause your EITC to be denied.
For help getting it right, start with the EITC Assistant at irs.gov/eitc to see if you qualify.
Then, if you do qualify, you’ll need to file an accurate tax return to claim the credit.
You can do this for free at irs.gov/freefile.
Or you can get free tax preparation 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.
Get tips for choosing one at irs.gov/chooseataxpro.
Keep in mind that you are legally responsible for what’s on your return, no matter who filled it out for you.
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.