Today is National Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day and Intuit is helping you become more AWARE with the release of a new mobile app to help you determine if you qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).
According to the IRS, an estimated 20 to 25 percent of qualified workers fail to claim the EITC each year. Intuit has just launched the free app called the EITC Finder to help determine if you can reap the benefit of one of the most missed tax credits, which may put up to $5,700 in your pocket.
The Earned Income Tax Credit is a tax credit for people who work, but have low wages. The tax credit not only reduces the amount of tax you owe, but it also may give you a tax refund even if you didn’t pay enough income taxes.
In order to claim EITC, you must meet specific criteria, which is where the new app comes in to simplify the process of helping you determine your EITC eligibility by guiding you through a few simple questions about your marital status, dependents, and wages.
If you are eligible, the app estimates how much will be applied to your federal and state tax refund. The EITC Finder then tells you how to easily claim your credit by preparing and filing your tax return with one of the free products offered through IRS Free File program, which includes more than a dozen brand-name tax software products donated by private companies, including Intuit’s TurboTax Freedom Edition.
The app, available for iPhone, iPod touch and Android, also provides nonprofit organizations and others that serve lower-income tax filers with an easy and flexible way to help their clients determine EITC eligibility anytime, anywhere with Internet access.
More Help if You Need it
Intuit’s Free File product offer , TurboTax Freedom Edition, is specifically targeted to EITC-eligible taxpayers and all filers with an adjusted gross income of $31,000 or less. It is also available to active duty military personnel with an adjusted gross income of $57,000 or less in 2011.
Since 1998, Intuit has donated more than 22 million tax returns to low-and moderate-income taxpayers. In 2010 alone, Intuit donated more than 2.15 million federal and state tax returns via the IRS and state Free File programs.
Find Tax Assistance in Your Community
The Intuit Financial Freedom Foundation works with nonprofit partners across the country to help more taxpayers access its Free File product offering. These include the nation’s network of IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance programs, where taxpayers can get help from a volunteer to prepare and file their taxes for free. The Intuit Financial Freedom Foundation is partnering with sites in 11 states and 48 communities to bring TurboTax Freedom Edition to taxpayers this year.