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When it comes to doing taxes, many individuals just know the basics. Many of them forgo tax benefits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit because they are not well-informed or have simply not heard of them. Miami-Dade’s VITA Coalition wants to make sure you know where to turn to for answers to all your questions and help put more money in your pocket.

The Coalition is a collaboration of partners dedicated to improving the financial well-being of our community through a network of close to 50 VITA sites. Each year, dozens of community organizations, academic institutions, employers, and public agencies work together to provide individuals and families with free services ranging from year-round tax preparation to free financial coaching.

Click on the links below to learn more about EITC, other tax benefits, free online filing, and free tax preparation:

How do I know if I qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit?
Where can I go to get help with my taxes?
What do I need to take with me when I visit a tax preparation site?
Can I file my taxes online for free?
What can I do to become financially stable?

How do I know if I qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit?

With tax season underway, the Miami-Dade VITA Coalition is helping qualifying individuals and families gain access to free tax preparation and filing services, as well as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and other tax benefits, through which they can receive up to $6,269 (the exact amount of refund is calculated when taxes are filed.) Use the following table to see if you are eligible:

Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)
Number of children
lived with in 2016
Single Married Possible tax return
0 $14,880 $20,430 $506
1 $39,296 $44,846 $3,373
2 $44,648 $50,198 $5,752
3 or more $47,955 $53,505 $6,269
Child Tax Credit
  • Get $1,000 back for each child you have at home!

To qualify for either credit, you must be a U.S. citizen or resident alien with a valid Social Security number.

Where can I go to get help with my taxes?

Visit any one of the more than 40 VITA sites for FREE tax preparation services provided by IRS-certified volunteer tax preparers. Need help finding a VITA site or to get tax help, call 211.

The United Way Center for Financial Stability is helping individuals and families who qualify, access to free tax preparation and filing services. Services also include amending a return or filing for back taxes (previous 3 years). Contact us today at (305) 688-6421 to make an appointment and get started.

What do I need to take with me when I visit a tax preparation site?

When you visit a free tax preparation site, be sure to bring:

  • W-2 and 1099 forms you received from your employer
  • Information on any other income you received
  • Information about any deductions or credits you may wish to claim
  • A copy of your 2015 tax return
  • Your Social Security card, and that of your spouse and dependents
  • Photo identification for yourself, your spouse and all adults appearing on the tax return
  • Information for your checking or savings account where tax refund can be directly deposited. If you don’t have an account visit BankOnMiami.org.
Where do I go to file my taxes online for free?
MyFreeTaxes

If you earned $64,000 or less, you can prepare your own taxes safely and conveniently online. This resource will guide you step-by-step through preparing your own tax return and has many safeguards to ensure you get the best return possible. There is tax and customer support available 24/7, and you can find help with all the tax credits, itemized deductions and even small business income.

What can I do to become financially stable? If you are interested in paving a path to long-term economic independence, consider contacting a partner below to be connected with a professional financial coach. United Way Center for Financial Stability
North location: 11500 NW 12 Avenue Miami, FL 33168 South location: 129 SW 5 Avenue Florida City, FL 33034

Main: (305) 688-3551 Fax: (305) 688-3556 miamifinancialstability.org Se habla español – Nou pale Kreyòl

Catalyst Miami 3000 Biscayne Blvd, Suite 210 Miami, FL 33137 305-576-5001 http://catalystmiami.org

City of Miami Financial Empowerment Center 444 SW 2 Ave Miami, FL 33130 http://miamifec.com

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