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Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)

The EITC is the most powerful tax advantage available for individuals with low income. It provides a direct tax refund for working citizens who are eligible based on a sliding scale of income. The EITC alone can provide a return ranging from $400-$4,400, which can be more wealth than an individual generates in six months.

Get more information at the IRS ARRA Information Center at

For more information on the EITC or check out Publication 596

To claim the EITC, you must file a tax return. 

If you need help doing your taxes, you may be able to get help at a volunteer tax preparation site.  These volunteers are trained and certified by the IRS to prepare and e-file basic tax returns FREE OF CHARGE.  Find a list of volunteer tax preparation sites at Alaska 2-1-1 or speak directly with an Information and Referral Specialist live by dialing 2-1-1 or 1-800-478-2221 between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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