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EITC Explained

The Earned Income Tax Credit 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 2014 will be as much as $8,293. 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 through April 15 at the sites below, unless otherwise specified. Call 211 or (800) 899-1479 to make an appointment at one of the Westchester County EITC Tax Assistance locations. At every site, the last appoinment is an hour before closing. Download the EITC 2015 flier. (Lea le volante en espaƱol.)

Appointments and Walk-Ins
White Plains:
Westchester/Putnam One-Stop Employment Center, 120 Bloomingdale Rd.
Tuesday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Thursday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Mt. Vernon: Mt Vernon One-Stop Employment Center, 100 East First St.
Wednesday and Friday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Tarrytown COC: 105 Wildey St.
Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Valhalla: Westchester Community College, 75 Grassland Rd., Gateway Bldg. across from parking lot #1
Monday-Friday:  10 a.m. - 5:40 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Yonkers: Educational Opportunity Center of Westchester, 26 South Broadway
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday:  Noon - 8 p.m.

Appointments only
Ossining:
Interfaith Council for Action, 138 Spring St. (through April 9)
Monday and Thursday: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Tuesday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Peekskill: The Preservation Company, 55 Bank St. (through March 25)
Wednesday: 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Walk-Ins. No Appointments needed
Ossining: Ossining High School, 29  South Ave. (through April 13)
Monday: 4 - 7 p.m.
(closed Feb. 16 and March 30)

Who Qualifies for EITC
Below is information for tax year 2014. 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.

  • Single (ages 25-65)
    With no children
    Maximum income to be eligible: $14,590
    Maximum tax credit: $670
     
    With one child
    Maximum income to be eligible: $38,511
    Maximum tax credit:  $4,462

    With 2 children 
    Maximum income to be eligible: $43,756
    Maximum tax credit: $7,371

    With 3 or more children 
    Maximum income to be eligible: $46,997
    Maximum tax credit:  $8,293

  • Married/filing jointly  (ages 25-65)
    With no children
    Maximum income to be eligible:  $20,020
    Maximum tax credit: $670

    With one child
    Maximum income to be eligible: $43,941
    Maximum tax credit:  $4,462

    With 2 children  
    Maximum income to be eligible:  $49,186
    Maximum tax credit:  $7,371

    With 3 or more children  
    Maximum income to be eligible:  $52,427
    Maximum tax credit:  $8,293

Volunteer tax preparers needed
Westchester County is seeking volunteers for the 2014 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.