At the event, EITC literature and bags of popcorn will be available to visitors, who may also schedule appointments for free tax preparation. People who work and earn less than $50,270 from wages, self-employment or farming may be eligible for the EITC and free help preparing their tax return. Although an estimated four out of five eligible workers and families get the credit, one in five still miss EITC, either because they don't claim it when filing, or don't file a tax return.
In Maryland last year, the credit returned more than $800 million to more than 395,000 workers. Workers who qualify for EITC could receive larger refunds. It can mean up to $475 for people without children, and up to $5,891 for those with three or more qualifying children. EITC varies by income, family size and filing status. The average EITC amount for Maryland last year was $2,180.
With the exception of some disability income, people must work to qualify for EITC. They earned it. Then they must file, claim it and get it. EITC is a valuable but complex tax break for working families. Free help is available from IRS-certified volunteers by appointment only at:
Delmarva Community Services, Inc.
Community Action Agency
1000 Goodwill Ave., Cambridge
Monday and Wednesday – 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. ; Thursday – 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Call (410) 901-2991 or (410) 901-2996 to schedule an appointment. No walk-ins.
Workers should come prepared with the following:
- A valid driver's license or other photo identification card
- Social security cards, a Social Security number verification letter or the Individual Taxpayer Identifying Number for all persons listed on the return
- Birth dates for all persons listed on return
- All income statements: Forms W-2 and 1099, Social Security, unemployment, and other statements, such as pensions, stocks, interest and any documents showing taxes withheld
- All records of expenses, such as tuition, mortgage interest, or real estate taxes
- Copies of last year's state and federal tax returns, if available
- Bank routing numbers and account numbers to direct deposit any refund
- Dependent child care information - name and address of whom you paid and either the caretaker's Social Security number or other tax identification number
- Both spouses to sign forms to electronically file a joint tax return