Earned Income Tax Credit Campaign

Since 2003, the City of Phoenix Human Services Department has implemented an Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Campaign.  Throughout the course of the campaign, more than 66,800 low- and moderate- income families have received more than $88 million in federal funds at free tax preparation sites across Phoenix.  Nationally, EITC lifted an estimated 6.5 million people out of poverty, including 3.3 million children.

Every year millions of dollars in tax refunds go unclaimed because people are unaware of the various credits available to them such as the EITC, a refundable federal income tax credit for low-income working individuals and families.  Find out if you qualify for EITC!

VITA Volunteers

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Campaign, in partnership with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, is an entirely volunteer driven project.  The VITA program offers free tax preparation and e-filing to households with an annual income of $54,000 or less, providing the maximum credits available to the taxpayer saving them hundreds of dollars in paid preparer fees.  VITA volunteers do meaningful work in the fight against poverty.

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What tax volunteers prepare and what you should bring English   

Threshold for Tax Year 2017


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The threshold is based on tax year 2017 EITC AGI limits as shown below:

Earned income and adjusted gross income (AGI) must each be less than:

      • $48,340 ($53,930 if Married Filing Jointly) with three or more qualifying children

      • $45,007 ($50,597 if Married Filing Jointly) with two qualifying children

      • $39,617 ($45,207 if Married Filing Jointly) with one qualifying child

      • $15,010 ($20,600 if Married Filing Jointly) with no qualifying child

The maximum EITC for 2017:

                    • $6,318 with three or more qualifying children
                    • $5,616 with two qualifying children
                    • $3,400 with one qualifying child
                    • $510 with no qualifying child

Locate A VITA Site

VITA Sites in the Phoenix area are open from May 3 through July 3 offering tax preparation services for prior years, 2014-2017.  Sites are most commonly set up in churches, community centers, colleges, and other easily accessible locations.  Check out the current list of city of Phoenix VITA locations now!

Do your State and Federal taxes yourself FREE online at myfreetaxes.com, for individuals or families with a combined household income of $66,000 or less in 2017.

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