EITC

Taxes

Qualifying For The Earned Income Tax Credit

The Earned Income Tax Credit is for people who work but don’t earn a lot of money.

02/03/2015

(A volunteer provides free tax return preparation assistance to a Southwest Philadelphia resident.  Photo by Cherri Gregg)

Area Community Organizations Offering Free Tax Filing Help For Low-Income Residents

Families earning $53,000 or less and individuals earning $20,000 or less will qualify for the free tax prep service at one of 30 sites in Philadelphia and South Jersey.

KYW Newsradio 1060–01/30/2015

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Part 1: The EITC — What Is It?

The Educational Improvement Tax Credit is promoted as a way to provide a better education for poor children, but public education advocates say it actually takes away tax money that could be used to improve schools.

11/08/2012

Susan Gobreski, of Education Voters of Pennsylvania.   File photo by Pat Loeb)

Part 2: Who’s Hurt by the EITC?

Expanding the program at a time when the state has slashed public school funding is infuriating public education advocates.

11/08/2012

(Construction is underway on a new building on the campus of the Agnes Irwin School, in Rosemont, Pa.  Credit: Pat Loeb)

Part 3: Who Benefits From It?

“BLOCS provides scholarships from your business taxes to students who not only want to attend a Catholic school but are most in need,” says one advertisement.

11/08/2012

(Pa. state senator Anthony Williams visits the Patterson Elementary School in Southwest Philadelphia.  Credit: Pat Loeb)

Part 4: Ongoing Controversies

State senator Tony Williams defends the program as similar to the GI Bill, but some of his Harrisburg colleagues see it as improperly favoring closed groups.

11/08/2012

file photo of Charles Chaput (credit: John Moore/Getty Images)

It’s ‘Voucher Sunday’ For Philadelphia’s Catholics

Months after a school voucher program failed to pass the Pennsylvania state house, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia continues its call for school choice, declaring today “Voucher Sunday.”

05/20/2012

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Philadelphia Taxpayer Center Extends Hours To Assist Local Families

The Internal Revenue Service will extend the hours of its Philadelphia Taxpayer Assistance Center in an effort to expand service to local taxpayers who are eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit.

01/27/2011