Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)

Do you qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)? The City of Santa Ana encourages you to find out! The EITC can provide a refund of up to $5,666 and is one of the largest federal credits available to low and moderate income workers. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) provides a temporary increase in the EITC for taxpayers with three or more qualifying children this year. In addition, it also increases the beginning point for the credit for all married couples filing a joint return, regardless of the number of children.

The City of Santa Ana has partnered with the Legal Aid Society of Orange County, the Orange County United Way, and community based organizations to provide free tax assistance and financial education to eligible households. Even if your family is not eligible for the EITC, you may still obtain free income tax assistance if your income did not exceed $50,000 in 2010.

Some taxpayers who utilize private tax preparation services only see a portion of their money due to Refund Anticipation Loans (RALs). RALs can return money to a client immediately, but at an astonishing cost of 100 - 700% interest rate. By avoiding the cost of private tax preparation, RALs and check cashing processing fees, low to moderate - income taxpayers are able to retain more of their refund!

To kick-off the tax season, the City of Santa Ana invites the entire family to EITC Super Saturday on January 29th at the Santa Ana Public Library (26 Civic Center Plaza - corner of Civic Center Dr. and Ross St.) from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm to take advantage of free tax preparation assistance, a community resource fair, give-aways, and fun activities! Information flyer . (Espanol). Please call (888) 434-8248 (English) or (866) 921-3890 (Spanish) to schedule an appointment for free tax preparation assistance at the EITC Super Saturday event or for any of the following Community Tax Days scheduled in Santa Ana:

EITC Super Saturday - Santa Ana Public Library (26 Civic Center Plaza)
January 29, 2011 from 10 am- 2 pm

Consumer Credit Counseling of Orange County
February 3, 2011 from 11 am- 7:15 pm
February 17, 2011 from 11 am- 7:15 pm
March 3, 2011 from 11 am- 7:15 pm
March 12, 2011 from 9 am- 2 pm
March 17, 2011 from 11 am- 7:15 pm

Delhi Community Center (505 E. Central Ave)
February 5, 2011 (time TBD)

In addition, the I-CAN!™ E-File computer module at www.icanefile.org will help you do your taxes for free in English, Spanish, or Vietnamese and is available to residents from any computer with internet access.

2010 EITC Tax Year Income Limits

Number of Qualifying Children Single Married
3 or more $43,352 $48,362
2 $40,363 $45,373
1 $35,535 $40,545
0 $13,460