What is the Earned Income Tax Credit?
The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is not just an everyday tax credit. It is the most effective tool for lifting families out of poverty. This federal tax credit—worth up to $6,500—not only encourages work, it improves the lives of children and families.Play Video
EITC Facts in Colorado
Last year, the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) along with the Child Tax Credit lifted 148,800 Colorado families out of poverty.
Earned Income Tax Credit
A federal cash-back refund worth up to $6,500
1 in 4
Qualify but are missing out on an EITC refund
Amount received by Colorado families each year
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Hear from families about the difference the Earned Income Tax Credit made in their lives. If you or someone you know has a story about how they used their EITC refund, we’d love to hear about it! Tell us about it and receive a $20 gift card.
“We will be using our EITC refund to fix or replace our car that recently broke down. Whatever is left we will use for our kids clothes and school supplies,” said John. Ashley shared, “It would be great if we have enough to get the kids bikes for the summer too.”~John and Ashley
Darphene works in facility management and raises her 13-year-old grandson Xavier. Darphene represents one of the segments of taxpayers who is most likely to miss out on claiming the EITC—grandparents raising their grandchildren. With her refund, she intends to remodel the basement bathroom that Xavier uses.~Darphene
A few years ago, my husband had an opportunity to be promoted and needed a CDL permit. Thanks to refundable tax credits like the Earned Income Tax, we were able to have the cash needed to get his license. Now he makes enough that we don’t qualify for the EITC.~Tania
I have two daughters—they grow so fast and always need new shoes or clothes. I like to plan ahead for the next school year and use any extra money to buy school supplies. A tax refund also allows me to have cash for things like dance classes and school activity fees for my kids.~Jasmine