The IRS is encouraging low- and moderate-income workers to find out if they qualify for the earned income tax credit - available to those making about $50,000 or less.
One in five tax filers that are eligible for the credit fail to take advantage of it, costing them a potentially greater refund. People can find out if they qualify online with the EITC assistant on the IRS website.
“A large part of the nation sees major changes every year with their tax situation,” said IRS Acting Commissioner Steven T. Miller. “This year, millions of workers could qualify for EITC for the first time, and the IRS urges them not to overlook this valuable credit.”
California taxpayers received $6.8 billion from the EITC in 2012, with 897 workers in Los Alamitos getting $1,557,134. In Seal Beach, 617 workers received $792,187. Qualifying for the credit could mean up to $475 for people without children, and a maximum credit of up to $5,891 for those with three or more qualifying children.
Unlike most deductions and credits, the EITC is refundable. In other words, those eligible may get a refund from the IRS even if they owe no tax. Workers must file a tax return, even if they are not required to file, and specifically claim the credit.
More information on EITC and detailed eligibility rules are available on the IRS web site.