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.
If you don’t usually file taxes, there’s a special tool to help you claim CTC and EITC for free.
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 $6,728 back with the 2021 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 $51,464 from a job in 2021, if single.
- You are at least 19 and not a student, or at least 24 if you are a student.
- You are a senior over 65.
- You are 18 and have recently experienced homelessness or been in foster care (possibly eligible).
Claim your “Make parenting easier” money
Child tax credit
Get up to $3,600 back per child with the 2021 federal Child Tax Credit (CTC).
This new program gives parents and guardians money to help their families. You probably qualify even if you don’t owe taxes. There’s no catch. No strings attached. And you can claim your payments for free.
What you should know about the CTC:
Almost all parents or guardians are eligibleIf your children have a Social Security number and were under 18 in 2021, you probably qualify.
It’s ok if you earned $0Even if you didn’t work, didn’t earn any money, and don’t owe any taxes, you may qualify.
It won’t affect your benefitsPayments won’t affect your eligibility for SNAP, Medicaid, or most other benefits.
You don’t need to pay it backIt’s your money, free and clear, for whatever your family needs.
Monthly paymentsIf you got monthly CTC payments in 2021, you’re still owed the other half in a lump sum. But you need to claim it!