Natick Human Services will prepare tax returns for low- to moderate-income families for free, and will help eligible parties receive a higher Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit, according to the department.
This year, the maximum EITC can be up to $5,751 for families who worked in 2011. Many individuals and families who did not qualify previously may now qualify if they lost a job, took a pay cut, or worked fewer hours last year, according to the department.
Individuals or families who worked full- or part-time in 2011, had children living with them, and earned less than $46,000 - or did not have children living with them and earned less than $13,660 - may qualify for the credit.
Refunds are determined by family size, marital status, and income.
Families must file a tax return in order to collect this refund, even if they do not owe taxes. The EITC does not count as income in determining eligibility for benefits such as MassHealth, SNAP, SSI or public housing.
Call Natick Human Services at (508) 647-6540 for more information or to schedule an appointment with a tax preparer, who will assist in completing tax returns for free. Saturday and evening appointments are available to accommodate those who work during the day.
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