Earned Income Tax Credit: You’ve Earned It. Claim It!

Most people wouldn’t crumple up a thousand dollar bill and throw it in the trash.  Ridiculous, right? But every year qualified Shasta County residents overlook a simple tax credit that could literally put up to $5,700 cash in their pocket. It’s called the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and it’s for people who work full or part time and have low to moderate incomes.  Simply file a federal 1040 or 1040A tax return and claim it.  Even if you don’t owe any income tax, you can still get an EITC refund. According to the IRS, last year, on average, the credit boosted refunds for eligible workers by $2,100. Imagine what you could do with a couple of thousand bucks.

“This money can make a real difference to workers struggling in our slowly recovering economy,” said Melissa Janulewicz, Director of Regional Services. “It could help pay tuition for school, buy reliable transportation, put food on the table or pay down bills. EITC is a financial boost for working people and for our community.”

To help Shasta County families take advantage of EITC, the Child Tax Credit and other deductions, AARP Tax-Aide volunteers are available now through April 14 to provide FREE tax preparation assistance to low-income individuals, seniors and people with disabilities. Drop-ins are welcome at the following locations:

Shasta Senior Nutrition Program: Mon/Wed/Fri, 8:30 am – noon
100 Mercy Oaks Dr., Redding

Golden Umbrella: Mon/Wed/Fri, 12:30 – 4:00 pm
200 Mercy Oaks Dr., Redding

Redding Library: Mon/Thurs/Sat, 10:00 am – 1:30 pm
1100 Parkview Ave., Redding

Frontier Senior Center: Tue/Thur, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
2081 Frontier Trail, Anderson

John Beaudet Senior Center: Tue/Thur, 9:00 am – noon
1525 Median Ave., Shasta Lake City

Please bring: W-2’s, 1099’s, Social Security cards and statements, picture ID, last year’s tax return and any other pertinent documents. If married, both spouses should come if possible. All sites will be e-filing returns.

To find out if you or someone you know qualifies for EITC, visit www.irs.gov/eitc.

-from press release

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