EITC Tax Preparation Assistance: Fast, Easy, Free
Get FREE tax preparation if you worked in 2012 and earned less than $51,000!
As part of Mayor Thomas M. Menino's Boston EITC Coalition, ABCD provides free tax help, including free electronic filing. We can help you with free, quality tax preparation services provided by IRS certified volunteers at neighborhood locations throughout Boston. Even if you do not qualify for the EITC, we can help you identify credits that you may be eligible for.
Let ABCD help you with:
- FREE Tax preparation: Keep your whole refund! NO hidden fees
- Quick, Quality Tax Preparation: Free Electronic Filing for faster returns by IRS Certified Tax Preparers
- Get The Credits You have Earned: Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, and more
- Free direct deposit (the Bank Account & Routing Number for the Financial Institution must be provided)
- Build for You and Your Family’s Future: Financial Coaching, Credit Advising, and US Savings Bonds. Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) filing.
Find Tax Assistance Near You
Us the site locator to the right, and select "Taxes" from the drop down menu, to find an ABCD location near you that offers free tax assistance.
You can also click here to find a list of sites.
What Do I Bring to My Appointment?
- Valid Picture ID required
- Social Security card or Individual Taxpayer ID Number (ITIN) for you, your spouse, children or other dependents. (An official verification letter issued by the Social Security Administration is acceptable if you do not have a social security card.)
- Birth dates for you, your spouse, children or other dependents
- Proof of health insurance for you, your spouse, children or other dependents
- All W2 forms from all employers
- All 1099 forms – for example, 1099G (unemployment) and 1099R (pension payments)
- Proof of deductible expenses or credit eligibility, examples include:
- All 1098 forms – for example, 1098T (tuition payments) and 1098E (student loan interest paid)
- Total paid for tuition, tuition loan interest, receipts for materials and books, and other allowable education expenses
- Total child care expenses in 2012, and name, address, Employer Identification Number (EIN) or SSN of child care provider(s)
- Total rent paid in 2012
- First time homebuyers: your closing documents
- A copy of last year’s tax returns
- Any mail from the IRS
- Your bank account and routing numbers to direct deposit your refund
- IF MARRIED AND FILING JOINTLY: to file taxes electronically, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms.
EITC Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)?
The EITC is a refundable federal and state income tax credit that puts money in the pockets of hard-working people. You do not have to be eligible for the EITC in order to be served at one of our free tax sites. If you have earned less than $49,000, please contact one of our local sites for an appointment.
Do I Qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)?
You may be eligible for the EITC if...
- You (and qualifying children on the return) have a valid social security number.
- You have been a U.S. citizen or resident alien all year.
- You have lived in the United States more than half the year.
- Your filing status is NOT "married filing separately."
- You ARE NOT the dependent of another person.
These considerations also apply:
- You are not filing a Form 2555 or Form 2555-EZ (relating to foreign earned income).
- If you have Investment income, it must be $3,100 or less.
- Qualifying child(ren) cannot be used by more than one person to claim the EITC.
- Child(ren) claimed must meet the relationship, age, and residency tests.
- If you do not have children, you must be between the ages of 25-65 as of December 31, 2012.
Additional EITC Benefit Information
For questions or more information on on ABCD's tax assistance program, please contact:
Angelina Camacho, FFI Program Coordinator
For more information on Boston's EITC Coalition visit www.bostontaxhelp.org or call 617-918-5275
For more information on the Earned Income Tax Credit, please visit the official IRS website.