EITC is especially important in Philadelphia given that the city’s poverty rate stands around 26% and is the highest poverty rate of any major city in America. Although 188,000 Philadelphians received an EITC refund last year, there were still 40,000 eligible Philadelphians who did not. With an average refund of $2,400 per return, more than $100 million is being left on the table in Washington, D.C. every year. It is the policy of the City of Philadelphia to enable all persons who live in Philadelphia and who are potentially eligible for the EITC to apply and receive the maximum credit to which they are entitled.
As a result, Councilman Allan Domb, the City’s Revenue Department, the Urban Affairs Coalition and the Campaign for Working Families are teaming up to bring awareness and offer approximately 26 sites for free tax preparation. The locations of CWF’s approximately 26 sites and information on EITC eligibility are available on the website www.YouEarnedItPhilly.com or by calling 215-686-9200 up until April 18, 2016.