Tulsa: What would you do with another $2,600?

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is for working families who make $57,000 or less each year, and can result in as much as $6,600 back in your wallet. The catch? You can't get the credit as a refund if you don't file your taxes. But don’t worry — we're here to help, for free.

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It’s like getting a big extra paycheck.

If you worked last year, you’re likely entitled to tax credit money.

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is designed to help working families get more money back.

Established by lawmakers in 1975, the EITC is a federal tax credit that has given billions of dollars to working families.

Households earning between $1 and $56,844 can qualify, as long as their investment income is less than $3,650 and they meet a few other criteria. Those with dependents can earn more money in tax credits.

Tulsa families miss out on an average of $2,600 per year. Claim your money now by filing your taxes at no cost with Goodwill VITA.

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What would you do with $2,600?

Here's how your neighbors are using their tax credits.

Bills
Home Improvement
Car Repair
School Supplies
Special Occasion

"One year I had a lot of medical bills that I paid. I'd had a heart attack. I'd been to the hospital. I didn't know how I was going to pay them. I got the earned income tax credit. It was like $5,000 that year and I paid off my medical bills."

— Tom

“Most of the time the tax credit is for fixing my car. Sometimes I can buy something for my daughter — that makes me happy.”

— Ana

Get free tax help from certified experts

If your household makes less than $57K per year, you are eligible to get free tax preparation by trained professionals.

This program is made possible by non-profit Goodwill Tulsa and Tulsa Responds. This partnership will deliver these free tax preparation services for the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA).

Unlike paid preparers, who aren’t required to have a license, VITA volunteers are trained extensively and must certify through the IRS annually. In addition, all tax returns are reviewed by at least one other preparer before they’re submitted, which helps maintain accuracy rates higher than 90 percent.

Valet Tax Help

Drop off tax documents at any of these sites for scanning and uploading and receive a follow-up call once your taxes are prepared and ready to be verified.

Get started filing your taxes virtually — without ever leaving your home.

Click the button below to start the process for virtual filing. You'll be able to submit tax documents using your smartphone, tablet, or computer to be processed by a certified tax preparer for a tax return.

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How virtual filing works:

Gather the right documents →

You will need to have:

  • Valid driver’s license or photo ID

  • Social Security card for everyone on the return

  • Your W-2 and/or 1099 forms

  • Bank account information

  • Health insurance documents (if receiving health insurance from the exchange)

  • Total paid for daycare provider (if used) and the daycare provider's tax identifying numbers such as their Social Security number or business Employer Identification Number

Don't have all of these documents? We can help!

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Submit them online using GetYourRefund →

This is a safe, mobile-friendly site designed to make virtual tax-filing easy.

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We’ll confirm everything looks good!

Once you upload the necessary documents, sit tight for now.

A certified tax preparer will get your tax documents ready for filing.

You’ll receive a call if any documents are missing.

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We’ll tell you how much your refund is before filing.

Once your tax preparer has filled out your paperwork, a reviewer will contact you with the exact refund amount and walk you through your return to ensure accuracy and get your sign-off before filing.

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Get your EITC money.

Your tax refund will arrive within 2 weeks if using direct deposit, or 8-10 weeks by check. (Don't have a bank? We can help you set up a free debit card so you can get your refund as quickly as possible!)

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Frequently Asked Questions

Am I eligible for free tax filing help?

If your household earns less than $57,000 per year, you can file taxes for free with the help of Goodwill VITA, a partnership through the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA), managed locally by Goodwill Industries of Tulsa.

Do I have to file taxes once I start this process?

No. Your certified tax preparer will let you know how much your refund will be or how much you owe before submitting the documents. It is up to you whether you want to finalize the process to file your taxes.

If your household earns less than $57,000 per year, you can file taxes for free with the help of Goodwill VITA, a partnership between the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) and Goodwill Industries of Tulsa.

I’ve heard filing taxes can be confusing and complicated. Is this true?

We agree that tax-filing is more complicated than it should be. That’s why we’re offering free help from certified tax experts who will do the hard work for you. All you need to do is gather and upload the right documents. We’ll take it from there!

Who will see the documents I upload?

We’re partnering with GetYourRefund.org, a website created by the nonprofit Code For America, to allow for safe and easy tax document uploading. Your documents will only be seen by certified tax preparers working on your return.

You can learn more about your privacy, confidentiality, and civil rights here:  https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p4299.pdf

When should I expect to get my refund and credits?

Those who claim the EITC will receive their refunds starting March 1. By law, the IRS must wait until March 1 to issue refunds to taxpayers who claim the EITC.

What if I didn’t receive my stimulus check(s)?

If a taxpayer didn't get the stimulus check(s) to which they were entitled or didn't get the right amount, the quickest way to claim that is on your tax return through Get Your Refund.

Why would the federal government offer free money like this?

Created by lawmakers in 1975, the EITC is designed to give working Americans and their families a tax break. In turn, these families will help boost the national, state, and local economy by using this money to buy groceries, school supplies, home improvements, and more. Today, the EITC is one of the largest anti-poverty tools in the United States. 

Who are these certified tax preparers working on my tax return?

Unlike paid preparers, who aren’t required to have a professional credential, VITA volunteers are trained extensively and must certify through the IRS annually. In addition, all tax returns are reviewed by at least one other preparer before they’re submitted, which helps maintain accuracy rates higher than 90 percent.

Volunteers are patient and are happy to explain the tax filing process to help you understand your tax returns and tax filing responsibilities.

Why are Goodwill and Tulsa Responds offering this free service?

Many households forego their full refund by using a paid preparer, and often the households who need this money the most. Goodwill Industries of Tulsa and Tulsa Responds believe expert tax preparation services should be available to anyone who wants them.

By providing free high-quality tax preparation — both valet and virtual — these organizations are able to help every tax-filing household receive the maximum refund it is entitled to. On a larger scale, they are helping to create a healthier Tulsa economy with every refund dollar that is spent at Tulsa's local businesses.

Ready to get started and get your refund? 

YES.

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