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Posted on: December 5, 2013

EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT AVAILABLE FOR LOW-INCOME WORKERS

Apache Junction, Arizona……………………………………….December 3, 2013

The IRS may owe YOU money! You may qualify for federal tax credits and not even know it. The Earned Income Credit (EIC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC) are federal tax benefits for working people like you. Some workers can receive a refund even if they don’t owe taxes.

The EIC and CTC are valuable but complex tax breaks for working people that could be worth over $5,000. Residents who qualify for EIC and CTC may also receive free tax preparation assistance and free E-filing of their tax returns by IRS trained community volunteers.

You could earn extra credit through the CTC! Workers raising children could get an even larger refund by claiming the CTC. Workers who raised a child under age 17 who lived with them for more than half the year could be eligible. The CTC is worth a maximum of $1,000 per child. Most families receive a credit worth several hundred dollars. To claim the CTC, a worker, spouse and child must have an SSN or an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN).

Get all the money YOU earned! If you were eligible for the EIC or CTC in the past but did not claim them, you can get your refund for up to three back years. Ask the volunteer tax preparers at the free tax help sites for help.

Don’t miss out on FREE Tax Preparation Services! The City of Apache Junction and the Apache Junction Public Library, in collaboration with the Internal Revenue Service and AARP Tax Aide, are offering a free tax preparation E-filing site in Apache Junction for ALL residents regardless of your eligibility for the above credits.

The location for the free E-filing tax preparation site is the Apache Junction Public Library, 1177 N. Idaho Road, from February 5, 2014 to April 12, 2014. The tax preparation service is provided two times per day, Wednesday through Saturday, between 9:00 a.m.-11 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Reservations are required and can be made at the Library’s service desk or by calling (480) 474-8555 after January 1, 2014. Reservations will be taken on a first come, first serve basis.

For further information regarding tax credits or volunteering to be a tax preparer, please contact Heather Patel, City of Apache Junction, at (480) 474-2635 or hpatel@ajcity.net.

People should come prepared with the following items:

• Proof of identification
• Social Security Cards (or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, ITIN) for you, your spouse and dependents and/or a Social Security Number verification letter issued by the Social Security Administration
• Birth dates for you, your spouse and dependents on the tax return
• Current year’s tax package if you received one (not required when filing electronically)
• Wage and earning statement(s) Form W-2, W-2G, 1099-R, from all employers
• Interest and dividend statements from banks (Forms 1099)
• A copy of last year’s Federal and State returns if available
• Bank Routing Numbers and Account Numbers for Direct Deposit
• Total paid for day care provider and the day care provider's tax identifying number (the provider's Social Security Number or the provider's business Employer Identification Number)
• The above site is an E-file site only; all returns will be filed electronically. Therefore, if married filing a joint tax return, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms.

Sponsored by: City of Apache Junction
Apache Junction Public Library
Internal Revenue Service
AARP Tax-Aide