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The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)

The Earned Income Tax Credit is a large tax refund payment that people can receive when they file a tax return. The 2021 American Rescue Plan expanded who can receive these payments and increased the amount of money available to many families and individuals.

The EITC for workers without dependent children is now $1,500

o Previously excluded young and older workers are eligible: The American Rescue
Plan made young workers who aren’t half-time students eligible for the EITC for the first
time and extended the credit to workers 65 and older.

o Income eligibility: Among those without dependent children, single workers with
incomes below $21,430 and married couples with up to $27,380 can claim the EITC.


Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) programs help workers with limited income keep more of their hard-earned money by providing free tax prep services. To find a VITA location near you, check out the IRS VITA Locator here

To work with an online VITA program or do your taxes (for free!) online, go to