Earned Income Tax Credit for Families

The EITC is a fully-refundable tax credit for certain people who work and receive low-to-moderate "earned" income. Taxpayers who qualify and claim the credit could reduce the amount of federal tax owed, pay no tax, or even receive a refund beyond the amount of tax withheld.

To qualify, a taxpayer must meet certain rules and file a tax return (even if the claimant does not owe any tax or did not earn enough money to require filing a return). If you qualify for the EITC, you also qualify to have your tax return prepared and electronically filed, free of charge, by IRS trained and certified volunteers. If you are located in Southwest Ohio or Northern Kentucky, learn about the locations where you can get your tax return prepared, and what you need to bring with you to your appointment.

You will receive your refund fast, generally within 7-10 days, when you elect to have your refund directly deposited into a bank account. For more information on claiming the EITC and where to have your tax return prepared for free, visit

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