Family Support & Well-being

Earned Income Tax Credit and Other Refundable Tax Credits

Explore information about the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and child tax credits. These credits are among the largest Internal Revenue Service (IRS) public benefits for low-income households. Head Start, Early Head Start, and child care staff can ensure that families are informed about these credits and other financial tools. Use the resources below to help determine eligibility and next steps.

Find a Location for Free Tax Help

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people who generally make less than $54,000 per year, persons with disabilities, and limited English-speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program offers free tax help for all taxpayers regardless of age or income. TCE counselors specialize in pensions and retirement-related issues unique to seniors ages 60 or older. Use this tool to get directions to a specific VITA/TCE location.

EITC Central

Find everything you need for the EITC. Also, explore information for Child Tax Credit, Additional Child Tax Credit, and the American Opportunity Tax Credit, including qualifying and eligibility information.

EITC Partner Toolkit

Spread the word about EITC! Find useful marketing tools, including templates, statistics, fact sheets, how-to tips, specialized products, and links to other helpful resources.

Other Refundable Credits Toolkit

Ensure those who are eligible receive the credits they deserve by keeping informed and using the latest tools for marketing, education, and tax return preparation. This toolkit is designed for IRS partners, including social organizations, colleges, universities, trade and technical schools, government agencies and offices, cities and municipal agencies, tax preparers, and more.

Guide to Everything: EITC for Individuals Online

Learn more about EITC and find out if you are eligible by answering questions and providing basic income information using the EITC Assistant. The EITC Assistant is also available in Spanish (español).

Last Updated: August 14, 2019