Tax Tips

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Read this before you start on your taxes! Learn about how to get the most money back. #0904EN

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

You have until Monday, April 18, 2022, or, if you file for an extension, until October 17, 2022, to file your 2021 taxes.

If you think you may need to file for an extension, visit the IRS's Extension of Time to File Your Tax Return page to learn more.

No.

You can file your taxes online for free using IRS Free File.  

* Your local public library and Employment Security Office (WorkSource) have free internet and computers you can use. Most public libraries also offer free or low-cost printing.

* Some libraries also have free tax forms or instruction booklets available to the public. These are often in limited supply so call ahead to see if your library has any.

You can get help filing your taxes through one of the IRS’s free tax preparation and filing services:

  • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) offers free tax filing services for people with low incomes. For help near you, call 1-877-211-9274 or 211. You can also search for help near you using the IRS's Get Free Tax Help Prep.
  • Tax Counseling for the Elderly has free tax help for ages 60 and older.  For help near you, call 1-888-227-7669, or visit AARP.

Other organizations in your community may also offer free tax help. Many public libraries gather information about local tax help services and host free tax help events. Call your library or visit their website to find out what resources are available near you.

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a federal income tax credit for working people and families with low incomes. To get this, both of these must be true for you and any children you claim:

  • You all have valid Social Security numbers.
  • You all lived in the U.S. for at least six months in 2021.
  • Any investment income you have must be $10,000 or less for the year. 
* You must file a tax return to claim the EITC.

Maybe, if your income in 2021 was less than:

  • $51,464 ($57,414 married filing jointly) with three or more qualifying children
  • $47,915 ($53,865 married filing jointly) with two qualifying children
  • $42,158 ($48,108 married filing jointly) with one qualifying child
  • $21,430 ($27,380 married filing jointly)with no qualifying children

Learn more about EITC income requirements on the IRS website.

How much EITC can I get?

The maximum credit you can get varies from $1,502 to $6,728. It depends on income and family size.

Yes. If the EITC is more than the amount of taxes you owe, you will get a tax refund after you file a tax return.

It depends. The IRS issues most refunds within 21 calendar days. However, tax returns that need additional review may take longer. You can check the status of your refund on the IRS website.

You should avoid Refund Anticipation Loans (RAL's), Fast Cash Refunds, Express Refunds and Instant Refunds. They cost a lot. They are not much faster than the IRS refunds. They are risky! Here is why:

  • They are short-term loans. They have high interest rates and/or fees. They can range from 40% to 700% APR (annual percentage rate).
  • They may arrive only about a week before IRS refunds do.
  • If the IRS denies your tax refund, you still have to pay back the full amount of the loan plus interest!

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Last Review and Update: Feb 22, 2022
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