Are You Eligible For EITC? Get Your Free Tax Help Today!

January 27, 2023

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Bianca Bowles 
Social Media and Community Relations Specialist 
Email: Bbowles@caanh.net, Ph: (203) 387-7700, ext. 192 

Workers may get a larger tax refund this year because of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). To claim you must file a tax return.

Today, January 27, 2023, marks the 17th anniversary of EITC Awareness Day, a nationwide effort to increase awareness about EITC and free tax preparation sites. This year, IRS is promoting EITC and providing information on refundable tax credits that you may qualify for. This includes the Child Tax Credit (CTC), the Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC), the Credit for Other Dependents (ODC), and the American Opportunity Tax Credit (AOTC).

At the start of 2022, the credit stood at 23% of the federal EITC. Connecticut paid an estimated $101 million to more than 191,000 filers, which amounts to an average benefit of $525. Last June, the legislature bumped the state EITC to 30% of the federal credit, pushing the average benefit to $700. To further assist vulnerable residents harmed by the pandemic, Governor Ned Lamont used emergency federal pandemic relief this winter to retroactively boost the EITC level to 41.5% of the federal credit for 2020 and for 2021. That gave eligible households an extra $300 each year.

If you worked last year and had an income of less than $59,187, you may be eligible for EITC. EITC can increase your refund up to $6,935 when you file your return if you have qualifying children. Workers without a qualifying child could be eligible for a credit of up to $560. According to the Internal Revenue Service, the average amount credited for 2022 was $2,043. One-third of the EITC population changes each year. The IRS estimates that four out of five workers claim the EITC they earned. This leaves billions of dollars on the table each year. We want to get the word out to those who are eligible to file a tax return even if they don’t owe any tax to claim the EITC. The EITC can be very beneficial to members of our community. The additional money provided can help with groceries, rent, utilities, and other bills. EITC is complex. It varies by income, family size, and filing status. To be eligible, you must have Earned Income or Disability Income.