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Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking

Earned Income Tax Credit Campaign

Did you work last year and had income less than $54,884? Are you worried that you owe money? Do you qualify to have your tax refund completed for free?  

District families with incomes less than $54,884 and individuals with less than $35,000 should check out their eligibility for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). The EITC is a special tax break designed specifically for low- and moderate-income workers. People who qualify for the EITC will pay less in taxes or even get cash back. To be eligible, individuals must have earned income or certain disability income and they must file their taxes to receive the benefit. Currently, qualified working families are eligible for up to $9,000 in combined District and federal EITCs. The Department supports the District’s EITC campaign through a contract with Capital Area Asset Builders. 

There are several free DCEITC tax sites with certified professionals around the city to help prepare and file your taxes. Some of the sites will be open through April 18. See list below.

Click Here for Free Tax Preparation Sites

Taxpayers should bring the following documents to the DCEITC tax site: 

  • Social security card or ITIN letter for every person to be listed on your tax return 
  • unless applying for an ITIN for yourself or someone listed on your tax return 
  • Photo ID for yourself (and for spouse if filing jointly) 
  • Bank account and routing number for direct deposit of your refund 
  • All income documents for you, and for your dependents 
  • 1095‐A if you purchased health insurance through the marketplace 
  • Copy of prior year tax return, if you have it 
  • 1098‐T if you had college expenses  

Who is eligible for the DC EITC? 

  • Those District taxpayers who are allowed the Earned Income Tax Credit in filing their federal individual income tax return and did not claim the District Low Income Tax Credit. 
  • District taxpayers who do not qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit for federal tax purposes can claim the credit on their District return if the taxpayer is: 
  1. A District resident, and 
  2. Between the ages of 18 and 30, and 
  3. A parent of a minor child who does not live with the taxpayer, and 
  4. A court has ordered the taxpayer to make child care support payments, and 
  5. The court order is in effect for ½ of the year during the year that the taxpayer is claiming the credit, and 
  6. The taxpayer paid child care support in the tax year claiming the credit equal to the amount of the child care support due during the year. 

Taxpayers Without A Qualifying Child 

Taxpayers without a qualifying child must use the DC Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Worksheet for Filers Without a Qualifying Child on page 12 to determine the DC EITC. You may need information from the federal instruction booklet concerning the Earned Income Credit to determine your eligibility for the DC Earned Income Tax Credit. If you do not have a qualifying child for the EITC and did not qualify for the federal credit due to your income, you may still qualify for the DC EITC.

What is the amount of the DC EITC? 

  • District taxpayers who are allowed the Earned Income Tax Credit in filing their federal individual income tax return and did not claim the District Low Income Tax Credit are allowed a DC EITC equal to 40 percent of the amount allowed by the Internal Revenue Service. 
  • District taxpayers who are parents of a minor child, are required to pay child support and who otherwise qualify are allowed a DC EITC equal to 40 percent of the amount that would have been allowed by the Internal Revenue Service. 

In addition to the DC EITC, some working families with children can benefit from the federal Child Tax Credit. The District government wants all eligible city residents to claim these valuable tax credits. 

Free Tax Service—Individuals with income less than $66,000 may also be able to prepare and file their own returns online for free. For more information, see https://ctadc.org/file-online/