Are You Ready for Tax Day? Free Tax Assistance and the EITC

By: Taryn Oesch – 03/23/2018

Tax Day is April 17 – that’s less than a month away. And while taxes tend to fill most of us with dread (unless we’re accountants), there are some free benefits available to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) that can help.

First is the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). The EITC is the U.S. government’s largest benefit for workers whose earned income is less than between $15,010 and $53,930, depending on whether they are filing with a spouse and how many children (or dependents with disabilities) they have. Additionally, any refund received is not counted as income for programs like Medicaid, supplemental security income, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or low-income housing. Learn more and determine if you qualify by visiting the IRS website.

Still need help? No problem! There are several local organizations where volunteers can help you prepare your taxes. Eligible to people with disabilities, people who earn $54,000 or less, people with limited English, and people above the age of 60, this free tax prep is available at these locations (make sure to ask about the EITC):

St. Raphael Catholic Church (Parish Center Meeting Rooms)

5815 Falls of Neuse Rd.

Raleigh, NC 27609

Call 919-865-5700 to make an appointment.

Centro Para Familias Hispanas/Catholic Parish Outreach

2013 N. Raleigh Blvd.

Raleigh, NC 27604

Call 919-873-0094 to make an appointment.

Holton Career and Resource Center

401 North Driver St.

Durham, NC 27703

Offered Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Duke Law School (Blue Lounge)

210 Science Dr.

Durham, NC 27708

Click here for details.

Durham Tech Northern Durham Center

2401 Snow Hill Rd.

Durham, NC 27712

Click here for details.

UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School (McColl Building)

300 Kenan Center Dr.

Chapel Hill, NC 27599

Click here for details.

The Seymour Center

2551 Homestead Rd.

Chapel Hill, NC 27516

Call 919-245-4242 or click here for details.

Passmore Center

103 Meadowlands Dr.

Hillsborough, NC 27278

Call 919-245-4242 or click here for details.