The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a federal tax credit available to working families and individuals with modest incomes. Many eligible Westchester residents do not know about this credit and therefore do not claim it. Depending on your income, marital status and size of family, the tax credit for tax year 2013 will be as much as $8,106. The maximum credits are subject to change since the final New York State and New York City threshold limits have not been finalized.
To qualify, you must file certain tax forms with your federal and state income taxes. The federal form is 1040 or 1040A with Schedule EITC. The state form is Form IT-215.
Volunteer income tax assistance program locations
Volunteer tax preparer and Spanish translator assistance runs from Feb. 3 through April 15 at the sites below. For locations requiring an appointment, call 211 or (800) 899-1479.
White Plains: Westchester/Putnam One-Stop Employment Center, 120 Bloomingdale Rd.
Monday: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. (appt. only)
Tuesday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Thursday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. - Noon
Mt. Vernon: Mt Vernon One-Stop Employment Center, 100 East First St.
Wednesday and Friday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Yonkers: Educational Opportunity Center of Westchester, 26 South Broadway
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Ossining: Interfaith Council for Action, 138 Spring St.
Monday-Friday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Valhalla: Westchester Community College, 75 Grassland Rd.
Monday-Thursday: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday: Noon - 5 p.m.
Who Qualifies for EITC
Below is information for tax year 2013. The potential maximum tax credit includes federal, state and New York City credits and depends on income, marital status and number of children in the household. Children can be a son, daughter, grandchild, adopted child, step child or foster child as long as the child is under 19 years of age.
Volunteer Tax Preparation Assistance
Westchester County is seeking volunteer tax preparers and Spanish translators for the 2013 Volunteer Income Tax Program. This program is designed to help eligible individuals and families receive state and federal tax credits by providing free tax preparation services.
Volunteers are asked to donate two to four hours of their time each week to assist in preparing tax returns for eligible residents. Both the tax preparers and the Spanish translators will attend training classes. The translators will only be responsible for translating. Registration is open now for classes.
If you are someone who would like to volunteer, you are required to register online or call 211.