Are You Eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit?



Date Posted: 
Friday, January 27, 2017

Earned Income Tax Credit

January 27 is Earned Income Tax Credit Day in Washington State. Many people are eligible for a tax refund of up to $6,269 from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and do not claim it.

“As one of the largest anti-poverty programs in the United States, it is critical to raise awareness of this opportunity, not just for individuals and families, but also to strengthen our state’s economy,” Governor Jay Inslee said.

How to Claim the Earned Income Tax Credit

You must file a federal tax return with the IRS to get your Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), even if you do not owe any tax or are not required to file.

Twenty percent of those eligible for the credit either do not claim it or do not file a tax return at all. The credit reduces the amount of taxes owed and results in a lump sum refund payment for most people who are eligible to claim it.

Last year 436,000 people in Washington applied for the credit, claiming close to $956 million in refunds and generating about $1.43 billion for our state’s economy. Even so, an estimated $270 million in federal tax credits go unclaimed in Washington.

Free Tax Preparation Services

Free tax preparation services are available to many low- and moderate-income families. Just dial 2-1-1 and ask for “free tax preparation locations” or search “free tax prep” at www.irs.gov.

Contact Your Local Asset Building Coalition For More Information

For local assistance with filing taxes and financial education, contact your local asset building coalition.

  • Walla Walla Asset Building Coalition (Walla Walla and Columbia counties), Steve Dickerson, 509.540.1247
  • Chelan-Douglas Community Action Council (Chelan and Douglas counties), Linda Limbeck, 509.662.6156 ext. 238
  • Kitsap Community Resources (Kitsap County), Kristina Didrickson, 360.478.2301
  • Lower Columbia Community Action Programs (Cowlitz County), Liz Myntti, 360.425.3430, ext. 215
  • Opportunity Council (Whatcom County), Lisa Sohni 360.724.5121 ext. 224
  • Pierce County Asset Building Coalition, Amy Allison, 253.426.1516
  • Community Action of Skagit County, Lynn Christofersen, 360.588-5748
  • Spokane County United Way, Andrey Muzychenko, 509.324.5030
  • United Way of King County, Jenny Walden, 206.461.5048
  • United Way of Mason County, Allison Maluchnik, 360.401.9808
  • United Way of Snohomish County, Jacqui Campbell, 425.374.5501
  • Thurston County Asset Building Coalition, Kirsten Klein, AARP Tax-Aide Local Coordinator – 360-269-5771, Mayra Pena, Thurston ABC Outreach Coordinator – 360-464-6055
  • United Way of Yakima County, Paula Slaye, 509.966.5163
  • Klickitat County ABC, Brian Wanless, 509.250.0737
  • OIC of WA: the Prosperity Center (Grant and Adams Counties), Carolyn Grant, 509.765.9206, ext. 239
  • Community Housing Resource Center (Clark County), Charlene Dahlen, 360.690.4496, ext. 100