Filing your taxes may seem like a headache. Yet plenty of hard-working families see tax-filing as a chance to catch up on bills and pay for their most basic needs. That’s because of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).
Research and real life connects the EITC with greater employment, better health for families and improved education for kids. Families must be working in order to qualify, and already pay a significant portion of their incomes in federal, state and local taxes.
Last year, workers in Washington state received an average of $2,047 from the EITC. Unfortunately, one in five eligible workers doesn’t claim this credit.
Don’t add to that one in five. To find out if you qualify for the EITC, visit www.irs.gov/eitc.
You can also receive in-person assistance at one of Pierce County’s 22 free income tax preparation sites. These sites serve low- and moderate-income individuals, families and seniors. To find a free tax site near you, please visit www.PCTaxHelp.org.
(Allison is director of the Pierce County Asset Building Coalition.)