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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.

New York State sets limits that depend on income, marital status and size of family.

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 starts Feb. 1
Volunteer tax preparer and Spanish translator assistance starts Feb. 1 at the sites below. The last appointment dates are listed by each location. Call 211 or (800) 899-1479 to make an appointment at one of the Westchester County EITC Tax Assistance locations.


Appointments and Walk-In Locations
The last appoinment is an hour before closing at every location.

White Plains: Westchester/Putnam One-Stop Center, 120 Bloomingdale Rd.

Appointments run: Feb. 1 – April 17
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Saturdays: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Languages: English, Spanish

Mt. Vernon: Mt Vernon One-Stop Center, 100 East First St.

Appointments run: Feb. 2 – April 14
Wednesdays and Fridays, 9 a.m.– 5 p.m.

Languages: English

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

Appointments run: Feb. 5 – April 16

Mondays and Fridays, 10 a.m.– 5 p.m.

Languages: English
Note: Walk-ins are for WCC students only

Yonkers: Educational Opportunity Center of Westchester, 26 South Broadway
Appointments run: Feb. 1 – April 17
Tuesdays and Thursdays, Noon – 8 p.m.

Winter Break:  Feb. 20 and 22, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Spring Break:  April 3 and 5, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Languages: English

Dobbs Ferry: Mercy College, 555 Broadway, Victory Hall, Room 100
Appointments run: Saturdays:  Feb. 3 to March 23, April 7 and April 14, 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Appointments run: Sundays:  Feb. 18, Feb. 25, March 4, March 11 and March 18, 9:30 a.m – 1 p.m.

Languages: English, Spanish

Ossining: IFCA Housing Network, 138 Spring Street
Appointments run: Feb. 3 to April 17

Mondays:
138 Spring Street, Noon – 3 p.m. (walk-in)
Ossining High School, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. (walk-in)

Tuesdays:
138 Spring Street, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. (by appointment)

Wednesdays:
138 Spring Street, Noon – 3:30 p.m. (by appointment)

Thursdays:
138 Spring Street, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. (by appointment)

Fridays:
Ossining High School, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. (walk-in)

Saturdays:
138 Spring Street, 12:30 pm – 4:30 p.m. (by appointment)

Bronx: Mercy College Bronx Campus, 1200 Waters Place (First floor, Room 1344)
Appointments run: Fridays: Feb. 3 – March 23, April 7 and April 14, 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Appointments run: Sundays: Feb. 18, February 25, March 4, March 11 and March 18, 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Languages: English and Spanish

Additional support is available through the Self-Assisted Tax Preparation service at www.myfreetaxes.com for taxpayers making less than $66,000. If you need support, stop by one of the facilitated self-assistant sites at White Plains or Mount Vernon One-Stop Career Center.

Who Qualifies for EITC
Below is information for tax year 2016. 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: $15,010
    Maximum tax credit: $510

    With one child
    Maximum income to be eligible: $39,617
    Maximum tax credit:  $3,400

    With 2 children 
    Maximum income to be eligible: $45,007
    Maximum tax credit: $5,616

    With 3 or more children 
    Maximum income to be eligible: $48,340
    Maximum tax credit:  $6,318

  • Married/filing jointly  (ages 25-65)
    With no children
    Maximum income to be eligible:  $20,600
    Maximum tax credit: $510

    With one child
    Maximum income to be eligible: $45,207
    Maximum tax credit:  $3,400

    With 2 children  
    Maximum income to be eligible:  $50,597
    Maximum tax credit:  $5,616

    With 3 or more children  
    Maximum income to be eligible:  $54,500
    Maximum tax credit:  $6,318