LAWO and ABLE: Tax Time Tips

Money talks! Have you heard?

As much as $5,666 -- or more -- could be waiting for you! Did you work in 2010? You could qualify for the Earned Income Credit (EIC), even if you don’t owe income tax.

If you worked in 2010:

  • Did you have one child living with you? Did you earn less than $35,525* in 2010?
    You can get an EIC up to $3,050.

  • Did you have two children living with you? Did you earn less than $40,363*?
    You can get an EIC up to $5,036.

  • If you had no children living with you, did you earn less than $13,450*?
    You can get an EIC up to $347.

* Income limits for married workers are $5,010 higher.


Many families that earned more than $3,000 may qualify for the Child Tax Credit (CTC) refund – up to $1,000 for each qualifying child under age 17.

Making Work Pay

Many workers got the Making Work Pay Credit in 2010 in their paychecks. But if you were self-employed, or didn't earn enough to have income tax withheld, you can claim this credit on your tax return.

File Tax Return

Get free help! VITA -- Volunteer Income Tax Assistance -- helps people fill out returns for free. For a site near you, call 1-800-906-9887 or dial 2-1-1.

Bring these items when you have your tax returns prepared:

  • Proof of identification;
  • Social Security cards and birth dates for you, your spouse and dependents on the tax return;
  • Wage and earning statement(s);
  • Interest and dividend statements;
  • A copy of last year's federal and state returns, if available;
  • Bank routing and account numbers for direct deposit;
  • Total paid for day care and the day care provider's tax ID.

Seniors may get help filing their tax returns by calling 1-888-227-7669 or visiting:

Problems filing?

The LAWO and ABLE Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) offers free legal advice or representation in federal tax matters such as IRS audits, examinations, appeals, collections and enforcement actions.

  • Contact the LITC through Legal Aid Line of Western Ohio to determine eligibility.
  • Call toll-free: (888) 534-1432 or (419) 724-0460 in Lucas County.
  • Apply online at:

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