The Internal Revenue Service is urging Nebraskans to check and see if they’re eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit.
Verlinda Paul, a spokeswoman for the IRS, says many people don’t get the tax credit because they just don’t know about it.
“Anyone with earnings of less than $49,000 really should see if they qualify,” Paul says. “We’ve found that four-out-of-five eligible workers claims the credit, so we’re really trying to reach that one-out-of-five that may not even realize that they qualify for the credit.”
Paul says the amount of credit depends on income, but also your marital status and family size. She notes, you have to file a return to qualify for the tax credit.
“We encourage everyone to go to www.irs.gov and especially if they make $49,000 or less, to use the EITC assistant and check out whether or not they qualify,” Paul says.
You can still take advantage of the tax credit if you go to a volunteer income tax preparation site and get free tax preparation.
Paul says, “There are about 12,000 (sites) across the country and the best way to find the one nearest to them is to call 1-800-906-9887.”
You can also file your taxes free using the “Free File” software on the IRS website at irs.gov.
The agency says around 207,000 families received around $414-million last year from the federal Earned Income Tax Credit with the average refund being $2,000.