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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. Maximum credits depend on income, marital status and size of family. Each year New York State and New York City set threshold limits. Limits for the current tax year are issued prior to the beginning of the tax preparation season.

Depending on your income, marital status and size of family, the tax credit for tax year 2015 will be as much as $6,242. 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.


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.

TBD - Valhalla: Westchester Community College, 75 Grassland Rd., Gateway Bldg. across from parking lot #1

TBD -Yonkers: Educational Opportunity Center of Westchester, 26 South Broadway


Walk-Ins. No Appointments needed

Ossining: Ossining High School, 29  South Ave. (through April 13)
Monday: 4 - 7 p.m.


Who Qualifies for EITC
Below is information for tax year 2015. 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: $14,820
    Maximum tax credit: $503
     
    With one child
    Maximum income to be eligible: $39,131
    Maximum tax credit:  $3,359

    With 2 children 
    Maximum income to be eligible: $44,454
    Maximum tax credit: $5,548

    With 3 or more children 
    Maximum income to be eligible: $47,747
    Maximum tax credit:  $6,242

  • Married/filing jointly  (ages 25-65)
    With no children
    Maximum income to be eligible:  $20,330
    Maximum tax credit: $503

    With one child
    Maximum income to be eligible: $44,651
    Maximum tax credit:  $3,359

    With 2 children  
    Maximum income to be eligible:  $49,974
    Maximum tax credit:  $5,548

    With 3 or more children  
    Maximum income to be eligible:  $53,267
    Maximum tax credit:  $6,242