Earned Income Tax Credit

  

Did you earn income in 2019? You may be eligible for a substantial tax refund.

 

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Don't miss your chance to get back up to $6,500 with the Earned Income Tax Credit.

 

COVID-19 Update:

In an abundance of caution to protect the public, all free-tax preparation locations run by Accounting Aid Society and Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency are paused. The free-tax prep programs will monitor the COVID-19 situation, and a decision will be made to reopen to the public when it is safe. In the meantime, the programs are investigating alternative forms of tax preparation delivery.

 

If you have an existing appointment scheduled, you will be contacted by the service providers with updated information. No new appointments will be scheduled at this time.


We are reminding residents that there are free resources to self-file your taxes, which have both online and phone support assistance available if needed. More information about free filing resources through the IRS Free File Program delivered by TurboTax and United Way's MyFreeTaxes can be found below. 
 
Deadline to file your federal, state and City of Detroit income tax returns has been extended to July 15, 2020.

Deadline has been extended to July 15, 2020

 

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) provides a tax credit to working people with low to moderate income. To claim your refund, you must meet certain requirements and file a tax return, even if you do not owe any tax or not required to file.  If you worked full or part time this year, you may qualify for the credit.
 

Families and individuals with incomes up to $56,000 are eligible for free full-service tax help.  Call 2-1-1 to schedule your appointment today.

 

Who Qualifies?

You must have earned income (from working) to qualify. The income limit to qualify varies depending on your tax filing status and number of children in your household.

 

 

 

Not everyone who qualifies will receive the maximum credit. The exact amount of your credit will depend on your income. You must file a tax return to collect your refund.

Qualifying children can include your biological children, adopted children, grandchildren, younger siblings, and nieces and nephews. To qualify, children must  live with you at least half of the year and be under age 19, be under 24 and a full time student, or be permanently disabled.

See the IRS website for full information about eligibility.

 

You can file your taxes for free yourself using simple online software.

IRS Free File Program delivered by TurboTax is available to anyone with an income with an income of $69,000 or less -- if you qualify for Earned Income Tax Credit  or are active military -- or anyone with an income of $36,000 or less.   The IRS Free File Program delivered by TurboTax Free File program includes your federal, state and local tax returns and can handle self-employed tax returns.

United Way's MyFreeTaxes is available for free to anyone at any income as long as the return is simple (no self-employment, investment income or capital gains).  The MyFreeTaxes.com program can handle almost any tax situation, but does not include local taxes.  If you use MyFreeTaxes, you’ll need to file your City of Detroit tax return separately. Resources and information are available on how to file your City of Detroit income tax.

If your income is less than $56,000, you qualify for free, in-person tax preparation services.  Detroit also has conveniently located throughout the city free and accessible services to assist you with preparing your federal and state tax return. Call 2-1-1 today for more information on free tax preparation services.  

 

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Accounting Aid Society
United Way for Southeastern Michigan

 

 

 

 

Do you have a side hustle or work as an independent contractor?
If you drive for Uber or Lyft, earn income working for similar services, work as an independent contractor, or have your own business,  you may be subject to self-employment taxes.  You can still get your taxes done for free if you meet the income guidelines.  Got questions about how self-employment taxes work and how the process can be different from taxes in a traditional job?  Check out this resource: http://www.ridesharetaxhelp.com/.