Claim Your Earned Income Tax Credit


Did you know you may find free tax assistance and accessible online tools to help you file for Earned Income Tax Credit?


Did you know that there is a program that is FREE for you to implement that could help you save $200 this year?


According to the IRS, the average tax return preparation costs $200, but with MyFreeTaxes those who made less than $60,000 last year are eligible to file their taxes for free. We are able to offer this service with our partners at National Disability Institute and United Way Worldwide thanks to a generous grant, so there’s no cost for Goodwill members to promote it to employees, program participants, shoppers, or anyone else who could benefit from free tax preparation in your community.


The EITC’s worth varies depending on family size and filing status, so it is essential that workers find out if they qualify, especially if their financial, marital or parental statuses have changed in the past year. Even if workers do not need to file federal tax returns based on salary, they must do so to claim the credit.

Goodwill Industries International is partnering with the IRS to assist people around the country who may qualify to file for EITC. In addition to offering free tax preparation services at many local agencies, Goodwill® has created a new free online calculator to help people determine whether or not they qualify for the tax credit.

People have used the EITC to pay for necessities such as rent, bills, and home and vehicle repairs and maintenance. In some cases, the tax credit has been put toward large purchases, such as a home or car, and long-term investments, such as savings, obtaining additional education or training, or retirement.

Goodwill is partnering with National Disability Institute and United Way to expand free online tax preparation and filing assistance to qualified individuals. Funded by the Walmart Foundation, is a free online option to file. MyFreeTaxes has helped families and individuals claim nearly $6 billion in tax credits and refunds since 2009. Additionally, Goodwill has created a new tool this year to help people see if they qualify for EITC. Starting January 6 on the online EITC calculator allows people to quickly enter their tax filing information and see if they qualify for the tax credit.

“With the economic recovery still fragile, many Americans are struggling to make ends meet and provide for their families,” said William J. Forrester, President and CEO of Goodwill NY-NJ. “The Earned Income Tax Credit is an extraordinarily effective tool at lifting people out of poverty, and Goodwill is committed to making sure all eligible individuals and families have a chance to claim the credits they have earned.”

By claiming the tax credits they have earned this year, millions of hardworking Americans will be able to improve their financial stability and better care for their families.

Goodwill’s mission is to provide job training, and career and community-based services to people with disabilities, those who lack education or work experience, and others who face challenges to finding employment.

To access Goodwill’s free EITC calculator and other EITC planning tools, visit

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