In partnership with the Cuyahoga Earned Income Tax Credit Coalition (CEITCC), ASIA offers free interpreting for tax preparation service for low and moderate income families.
Through interpreting assistance, Limited English Proficient (LEP) Cuyahoga County low-income taxpayers will receive quality tax preparation, wealth building opportunities and other services in order to strengthen our neighborhoods’ economies.
The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) helps people who work but do not earn a lot. Working families with incomes below $41,646 and childless workers with incomes under $15,880 often qualify. Generally, you must have earned income as an employee, independent contractor, farmer or business owner to qualify. Taxpayers under the minimum retirement age who receive disability payments from an employer plan may also be eligible.
In highly urban areas, it is estimated that between 15 and 20 percent of those eligible for this credit do not claim it. These are dollars that do not go to the hard working families that earned them and therefore not into the Cuyahoga County economy.
|If filing…||Qualifying Children Claimed|
|Zero||One||Two||Three or more|
|Single, Head of Household or Widowed||$14,820||$39,131||$44,454||$47,747|
|Married Filing Jointly||$20,330||$44,651||$49,974||$53,267|
Maximum Credit Amounts
The maximum amount of credit for Tax Year 2015 is:
- $6,242 with three or more qualifying children
- $5,548 with two qualifying children
- $3,359 with one qualifying child
- $503 with no qualifying children
The program promotes free and fair tax preparation services for middle and low-income filers. Many filers are subject to filing fees and refund anticipation loans (RALs) sold to them by private for-profit businesses. These fees and loans are avoided by using the Coalition’s free tax sites throughout the City of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County. The sites are free, quick, and an efficient alternative to paid preparers.
Finally, the program encourages financial independence and savings for middle and low-income families. Wealth-building is an important step toward home ownership, saving for higher education, and day-to-day living.