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Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) resources

Did you earn less than $57,414 last year? You could get up to $6,728 of it back.

If you are between 25 and 65 years old, or have a qualifying child, you may be eligible for the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). The EITC is worth up to $6,728 per income tax return for eligible low- to moderate-income individuals and families.

Of the 182,500 Philadelphians who could receive a refund, almost 44,000 did not apply last year. That means almost $111 million were left on the table. It’s worthwhile to apply — the average refund is around $2,500. This is not a City of Philadelphia program, but because it offers refunds for so many Philadelphians, the Department of Revenue is helping raise awareness of the EITC.

The Department of Revenue has a separate website, You Earned It Philly, which has resources to help you:

  • Find out if you qualify.
  • Calculate the maximum credit amount.
  • Find free online tax preparation.
  • Claim your tax credit.

Visit to learn more.

For workers

To claim your EITC, you must file a federal tax return, usually a Form 1040 US Individual Income Tax Return.

If you qualify for EITC, you can get assistance to file your federal taxes for free. For more information about free tax preparation services, go to

For community groups

The Department of Revenue offers community outreach services to help taxpayers get the tax credits, discounts, and assistance they’re eligible for.

To request EITC materials or have a Revenue representative speak at your next community meeting, email

For employers

Philadelphia employers must provide all employees and non-payroll workers with the City of Philadelphia EITC notice. Employers usually provide the notice at the same time as they issue employee W-2’s or comparable forms.