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20 Percent of Delawareans Don't Claim EITC

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DOVER, Del. - Nikita Perry of Camden is ready for tax season.
     
A single mother of two boys, ages 9 and 19 months, she's hoping a tax credit can give her a bigger return.

"It's kind of hard taking care of both of them by myself because the money isn't always there to provide for them," said Perry.
 
Perry and others came to a free tax prep site Friday at the Blue Hen Corporate Center in Dover. They wanted to see if they qualify for the federal earned income tax credit.

It benefits low-income working families and individuals. The credit reduces the amount of tax you owe and may also give you a refund.

The earned income tax credit is an option that 20 percent of Delawareans don't claim. That's money the government gets to keep.

Melissa McDowell of Dover says the credit is beneficial.

"It benefits me because I really don't make a whole lot of money. For the people who don't earn a whole lot of money, it's very beneficial to them because those are the people that qualify," said McDowell.

According to the IRS, Earned Income and adjusted gross income (AGI) must each be less than $46,227 ($51,567 married filing jointly) with three or more qualifying children, you can earn a maximum credit of $6,044.

If you have no qualifying children, you can earn a maximum of $487.

Sandi Hagans, with program manager with First State Community Action Agency, is helping tax filers.

"Sometimes you can look at the numbers and you're not quite sure what you're income is because you can either have earned income, or you can have income that is generated from another source whether it's unemployment, social security, things of that nature," said Hagans. "I think everyone should at least look and see if you qualify for it because it will save them money."

It's money that perry says she needs to help provide for her family.

"I need every penny I can get back," said Perry.

For more information on the Earned Income Tax Credit and to see if you qualify, log onto http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/EITC-Home-Page--It%E2%80%99s-easier-than-ever-to-find-out-if-you-qualify-for-EITC

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