2021VITA Brochure



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Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)

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

January 29, 2021, marks the 15th anniversary of 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 other refundable tax credits that you may be eligible 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). In 2020, 25 million workers received more than $62 billion in EITC refunds. Hoosiers received $1.2 billion in EITC with an average amount of EITC of $2,424.

If you worked last year and had income of less than $57,000 check out your eligibility for EITC. EITC can mean up to a $6,660 refund when you file a return if you have qualifying children. Workers without a qualifying child could be eligible for a smaller credit up to $538.

Why is it important to have an EITC Awareness Day each year? 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. It’s money workers can use for groceries, rent, utilities and other bills. EITC is complex. It varies by income, family size and your filing status. To be eligible, you must have earned income or certain disability income. This means you must have income from working for someone or working for yourself.

NWICA Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) volunteers – trained by the Internal Revenue Service – ask you the needed questions to find out if you qualify for the EITC and other refundable tax credits. We also prepare and e-file (electronically file) your tax return at no cost to you. "Our community volunteers help you get EITC and the maximum refund you’re due. Our goal is to help you get it and get it right. This is money you can save or use to pay off bills, buy that car to get to work or make a down payment on a home. Let us help make your life a little easier, “said Yvette Johnson, Financial Services Managers. Let us help you get it and get it right.

DUE TO COVID- all income tax preparation for this season is by appointment only- even for drop-off locations. Call now to schedule your appointment.

2021 Site Locations:

Northwest Indiana Community Action 219-794-1829

East Chicago Public Library 219-397-2453 x12

Indiana University Northwest 219-980-6552

The Urban League of NWI 219-980-2093

Gary Public Library 219-794-1829

Hammond Public Library 219-794-1829

Hammond HUB of Innovation 219-794-1829

Whiting Public Library 219-659-0269

United Way of Porter County 219-44-3583

Pulaski County Human Services 219-794-1829

Community Services of Starke County 574-722-7070

What to bring: Bring the following to make sure our volunteers get you the right amount of credit you deserve:

• A valid driver's license or other photo id card
• Social security cards, a social security number verification letter for all persons listed on the return
• Birth dates for all persons listed on returns
• All income statements: Forms W-2 and 1099, Social Security, unemployment, and other statements, such as pensions, stocks, interest and any documents showing taxes withheld
• All records of expenses, such as tuition, mortgage interest, or real estate taxes
• Copies of last year's state and federal tax returns, if you have
• Bank routing numbers and account numbers to direct deposit any refund
• Dependent childcare information: name and address of who you paid and either the caretaker's SSN or other tax identification number
• If you purchased coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace, Form 1095-A
• Both spouses to sign forms to e-file a joint tax return