Claim your “Whatever I need it for” money
There’s federal tax refund money waiting for you. Get help claiming it today.
The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC) are programs to give money back to eligible Philadelphians. It’s your money to use for whatever you want, but you need to file to claim it. Tens of thousands of people miss out on claiming it every year. There’s no reason to leave that money in the government’s pocket when it could—and should—be in yours!
File for free!
Don’t pay to claim your refund. Philly has trusted partners that can help you claim the EITC, CTC, and other refunds at no charge.
These trusted nonprofit partners of the City of Philadelphia can help you file and get the money you’re owed.
Claim your money.
Claim your “I earned it” money
Earned income tax credit
Get up to $6,935 back with the 2022 federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).
This is a federal tax refund for working people and families that meet certain income requirements. There’s no catch. No strings attached. It’s your money to use however you want, and you can claim it for free.
You could receive the EITC based on your:
Filing statusYou have a valid Social Security number.
Income levelYou earned less than $53,057 from a job in 2022, if single, or $59,187 if married.
Eligibility, based on age or whether you work full or part time, has changed since last year. Contact us to find out if you’re eligible.
Claim your “Make parenting easier” money
Child tax credit
Get up to $2,000 back per child with the 2022 federal Child Tax Credit (CTC).
This new program gives parents and guardians money to help their families. Even if you earn very little, you might still qualify. There’s no catch. No strings attached. And you can claim your payments for free.
What you should know about the CTC:
Many parents or guardians are eligible.If your children have a Social Security number and were younger than 17 in 2022, you may qualify. Grandparents, adoptive and foster parents, and others may qualify if they can claim the children as dependents.
It’s ok if you didn’t earn a lot.You can earn as little as $2,500 in 2022 to qualify for some portion of a CTC refund.
It won’t affect your benefits.CTC refunds don’t count as income and won’t affect your eligibility for SNAP, Medicaid, or other benefits.
You don’t need to pay it back.It’s your money, free and clear, for whatever your family needs.
Missed out on CTC last year?If you did not file taxes for 2021, you might have missed out on up to $3,600 per child from the CTC. Most parents were eligible, even if they earned $0. Contact us to file a prior year’s return and claim the credits you missed out on.
Download materials with details on income tax credits, tips on how to claim money, and locations for free tax help. Some items are available in multiple languages.
A double-sided sheet with all the most important information about the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC). Available in English, عربي, Español, Français, Kreyòl ayisyen, ខ្មែរ, 한국인, Pусский, Shqiptare, Tiếng Việt, 中国人.
EITC Palm Card
A small, easy-to-reference card with instructions for claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Fill in your own personal appointment info as a reminder. Available in English y Español.
CTC Palm Card
A small, easy-to-reference card with instructions for claiming the Child Tax Credit (CTC). Fill in your own personal appointment info as a reminder. Available in English y Español.
A poster-sized fact sheet for both the EITC and CTC. Distribute in prominent locations throughout the community to spread the word and help people claim their money. Available in English y Español.
Social Media Kit
A series of premade posts about the EITC and CTC to share on all your social media channels. Images and accompanying post copy are provided.