125 million dollars is available for eligible Kentuckians in addition to their normal income tax return.
It's available through the earned income tax credit or EITC.
Last year, the L.K.L.P Community Action Agency brought nearly 200-thousand dollars back to families, in just four counties.
Free money from the IRS sounds too good to be true, but for low-income families, Rick Baker with L.K.L.P. says that's exactly what available.
“Its a tax credit, it's free money from the government,” Baker said.
“With the extra money, it comes in handy as far as paying bills off and having a little extra for the kids that I don't normally have,” Nancy “Beetle” Dunn said.
The earned income tax credit is available for three types of families, if you earn less than 36,348 dollars and have at least two children, you could get up to $4,500 back.
If you only have one child, and make less than $32,001, your credit could be up to $2,700.
If you have no children and earn less than $12,120, you could get up to 400 dollars back.
Couples have to file jointly, which bumps the earning cut-off up two thousand more dollars.
Those married filing separately are not eligible.
“You have to work some, but even if you haven't paid that much in, you're still eligible for the credit back,” Baker said.
If you're eligible, LKLP will also file your taxes for free online.
Nancy Dunn has taken advantage of both for two years now.
“When we filed our taxes, it was like a week and half. It just took minutes to get it prepared,” Dunn said.
Since April 15 is a Sunday this year, taxpayers in our region will have until Monday, April 16th, to file and pay.
E.I.T.C. Tax Preparation Partners:
(Brought by a grant from the Annie E. Casey Foundation)
Bell, Perry and Pike County JobSights 606-439-0329
Hazard/Perry County Community Ministries 606-487-1891
Bell-Whitley Community Action Agency
Owsley County Action Team