If you worked and earned under $51,567, you may be 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 2013 tax year, 23 million Americans received over $65 million through the EITC. It is estimated that the EITC lifted 6.5 million people out of poverty, including 3.3 million children.*
In Rhode Island there were 84,000 EITC claims valued at $190 million, during the 2013 tax year. The average EITC amount in Rhode Island was $2,264, and roughly 81% of eligible taxpayers in Rhode Island took advantage of the EITC.** To see how Rhode Island compared with other states, click here.
There are nearly 30 locations throughout the state where working Rhode Islanders can go to receive free tax services to receive their EITC refund.
*Source: EITC Calendar Year Report, December 2013, http://www.eitc.irs.gov/EITC-Central/abouteitc
**Source: TY2010 IRS-ACE Match - Center for Administrative Records Research and Applications, U.S. Census Bureau in collaboration with IRS.