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Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) resources

Did you earn less than $59,187 last year? You could get up to $6,935 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 $6,935 per income tax return for eligible low- to moderate-income individuals and families.

Yet, four out of five people who could receive a refund did not apply last year. That means almost $111 million was left on the table. It’s worthwhile to apply — the average refund is around $2,200. This is not a City of Philadelphia program, but because it offers refunds for so many Philadelphians, the City is helping raise awareness of the EITC.

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 www.myfreetaxes.com.

2022 EITC Income Eligibility (for taxes due in April 2023)
Children or Relatives Claimed Filing as Single, Head of Household or Widowed Filing as Married Filing Jointly Maximum Benefit
Zero $16,480 $22,610 $560
One $43,492 $49,622 $3,733
Two $49,399 $55,529 $6,164
Three or more $53,057 $59,187 $6,935

For community groups

The City 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 Vicki.Riley@phila.gov.

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.


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