If you worked and earned under $50,000, find out if you are eligible to take advantage of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). This refundable federal income tax credit is for people with low-to-moderate income. Nationally, four out of five eligible workers claim and receive their EIT credit.
During the 2012 tax year, over 27 million Americans received $62 billion through the EITC. It is estimated that the EITC lifted 6.6 million people out of poverty, including 3.3 million children.
There were 82,000 EITC claims in Rhode Island valued at $172 million, during the 2012 tax year. The average EITC amount was $2,100. To see a state-by-state breakdown, click here.
There are over 30 locations throughout the state where working Rhode Islanders, who earn less than $50,000 annually, can go to receive free tax services to receive their EITC refund. Appointments are highly recommended. You must also bring picture identification for both the applicant and spouse and social security cards for everyone listed on the return.