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Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke Announces EITC Awareness Day

Today, Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke released the following statement informing residents of the 11th Congressional District of New York about 2012 EITC Awareness Day (January 27, 2012) :

“As you know we are getting close to tax season and you could be eligible to receive money back from the IRS – as much as $5,751.  If you earned less than $49,078 from wages, self-employment, or farming last year, you may qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit  – or EITC,” stated Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke.

Eligibility depends on several factors, including the amount of earned and other types of income, or combined income if married, whether you have qualifying children and how many.  Workers without children may also qualify. 

To help preparers, either volunteer or paid, accurately determine EITC eligibility and prepare returns, individuals should bring:

  • Photo proof of identification
  • Social Security cards for themselves, their spouse and all dependents or Social Security number verification letters issued by the Social Security Administration
  • Birth dates for all persons listed on the tax return
  • Wage and earning statement(s) Forms W-2, W-2G, and 1099-R, from all employers
  • Interest and dividend statements from banks (Forms 1099)
  • Copies of their prior year federal and state returns, if available
  • Bank routing and account numbers for direct deposit of their refunds
  • Other relevant information about income and expenses
  • Amounts paid for day care, if applicable, and the day care provider’s identifying number.

Use IRS’s online EITC Assistant to see if you qualify.  If so, you must file and claim the credit to get it.  Locate a volunteer site by calling your community’s 211 or 311 number for local services or call the IRS at 1-800-906-9887. 

Both spouses must be present to sign joint returns.  Anyone paid to prepare federal income tax returns is required by law to sign the return and enter their Preparer Tax Identification Number.

“EITC provides a financial boost for working people in a recovering economy and allows more funds to flow within your community.  I invite all residents of the 11th Congressional District of New York to check and see if you qualify for this tax credit,” concluded Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke