Helping individuals file taxes so they can receive the Earned Income Tax Credit

Cuyahoga County taxpayers received more than $308 million from EITC for tax year 2017. Nearly 1-in-5 Cuyahoga County tax returns claimed EITC, totaling more than 120,000 returns.

The Earned Income Tax Credit,or EITC, is an effective anti-poverty measures that puts money directly back in the hands of low-and-moderate income workers. To qualify, individuals must meet certain requirements and file a tax return, even if they do not owe any tax or are not required to file.

Percent of Returns With EITC, by Adjusted Gross Income

Amount of Earned Income Tax Credit Claimed in Cuyahoga County, 2017


​​United Way of Greater Cleveland supports services that help individuals file taxes so they can receive the Earned Income Tax Credit.

"Earned income credit" includes both the refundable and non-refundable portions. The non-refundable portion could reduce income tax and certain related taxes to zero. The earned income credit amounts in excess of total tax liability, or amounts when there was no tax liability at all, were refundable. The refundable portion of the "earned income credit" equals "total income tax" minus the "earned income credit." If the result is negative, this amount is considered the refundable portion. No other refundable credits were taken into account for this calculation.”

Internal Revenue Service, SOI Tax Stats County Data 2017.