Earned Income Tax Credit

Many people in Washington are eligible to receive the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) from the IRS when they file their federal income taxes. This credit is potentially worth thousands of dollars. The tax credit goes unclaimed about 20 percent of the time, meaning that nearly half a million Washingtonians miss out. 

Working grandparents


Persons with disabilities, those living in rural areas, working grandparents, Native American communities, those who are serving or who have served in the military and many others are eligible to receive the credit.

This year, make sure and check to see if you qualify for EITC before you file. Use the IRS’s EITC Assistant to find out if you’re eligible.

Find a Free Tax Filing Service Near You

Do you have low to moderate income? If so you may be able to get free help filing your taxes with the help of two free programs, VITA – Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and AARP Tax-Aide. These programs have trained volunteers which can assist in completing and filing your basic tax return, including claiming the EITC – Earned Income Tax Credit if you are eligible.

AARP (web)
IRS (web)
My Free Taxes (web)
Washington 2-1-1 (web)

It's Not Too Late to File for Prior Year Returns

You can still file your tax returns for 2017, 2018 and 2019 to claim EITC if you were eligible. But you must file to claim it! Find out more here.

Other helpful links

Check out the Washington Financial Education Calendar to learn about money management classes being offered around the state.