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You make EITC awareness day successful. Can we have your support this year?
This is the 10th annual EITC Awareness Day. It’s successful every year. But, we still need your help to capture the attention of those eligible for EITC and motivate them to explore whether they qualify. Why? Statistics show there is change every year in who is eligible for EITC. About a third are newly eligible each year.
Let everyone know if they earned $53,267 or less, they should see if they qualify for EITC by using the EITC Assistant tool (available IRS.gov in January 2016). It's easy to check eligibility to claim the credit. It is also important to point them to no-cost options for tax return help—volunteer tax assistance and Free File. Remember that volunteers are also trained to help with other credits, the child tax credit, the education credits and the premium tax credit.
Find out more about EITC Awareness Day but continue throughout this filing season to get the word out to those who qualify but don't file a tax return to claim the credit. Explore this site for ideas and the products you need to get the word out. Or, see our quick EITC outreach (pdf format) highlighting ideas and key products.
Help us spread the word about EITC and the other refundable tax credits--the additional child tax credit, the American Opportunity Tax Credit and the Premium Tax Credit. Find out the key communication messages for the 2016 filing season. Key Communication Messages
The three seminars ABCs of the Premium Tax Credit, Be an "A" student on the American Opportunity Tax Credit (AOTC) and other education benefits and EITC Due Diligence – It’s Everyone’s Business the EITC and Refundable Credit,office presented at the 2015 Nationwide Tax Forums are now available online. You can audit the seminars for no fee or pay a fee to take the courses for Continuing Education credit. Find out more on our tax forum page. You can also download the seminar slides here.
The IRS webinars that aired January 7, and 8, 2015 are now available for your viewing. Learn how to avoid common errors and penalties when determining eligibility for IRS Refundable Tax Credits such as the American Opportunity Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit and Earned Income Tax Credit. You’ll also hear how due diligence can benefit you, your clients and your business. IRS subject matter experts offer tips and resources to help you prepare and file accurate claims for refundable tax credits. View the Keeping Up with Earned Income and Refundable Tax Credits video here. View the El Crédito por Ingreso del Trabajo y Créditos Reembolsables video which aired 8 de enero de 2015 here.
Educators (colleges, universities, trade and technical schools), those who prepare the Form 1098-T and tax returns preparers. You can still view the IRS Webinar, Not Just College Credits; it's Tax Credits Too (first aired January 21, 2014).
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Post a link to, or download this electronic guide for finding EITC information on line. Pub 4935, Guide to Everything Earned Income Tax Credit for Individuals Online helps you find the information you need to determine eligibility for EITC and how to file accurate EITC claims. This publication describes a topic briefly and then provides a link to an on line resource for more information. We also have an electronic guide for return preparers, find the guide, Pub 4933, Tax Preparers Guide to Everything Earned Income Tax Credit Online here.
IRS Urges Taxpayers to Choose a Tax Preparer Wisely for the Filing Season Ahead. Find tips for choosing a tax return preparer here or view the IRS videos on YouTube:
The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service recently ruled they will treat same-sex couples, legally married in jurisdictions that recognize their marriages, as married for federal tax purposes. Any same-sex marriage legally entered into in one of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, a U.S. territory or a foreign country is covered by the ruling. But, the ruling does not apply to registered domestic partnerships, civil unions or similar formal relationships recognized under state law.
Under the ruling, IRS will treat same-sex couples as married for all federal tax purposes where marriage is a factor, including filing status, claiming personal and dependency exemptions, taking the standard deduction, employee benefits, contributing to an IRA and claiming the earned income tax credit or child tax credit. Refer to Notice 2013–61, Application of Windsor Decision and Revenue Ruling 2013–17 to Employment Taxes and Special Administrative Procedures for Employers to Make Adjustments or Claims for Refund or Credit, for more information. Or, see IRS’s Frequently Asked Questions for same sex couples