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Frequently Asked Questions
 
 
For Businesses & Community Organizations
  
 
For Individuals with Disabilities & Their Families
 
 
 

 

How can my organization promote the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)?

Your organization can help promote the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) by using its communication network so that more eligible people receive it, bringing more dollars into your community. A tax credit is a dollar-for-dollar reduction of taxes owed. Some credits are refundable - taxes could be reduced to the point that an individual would receive a refund rather than owing any taxes.

Your organization can also sponsor a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site in your community to prepare tax returns for those who cannot prepare their own and cannot afford professional help.

 

Can my clients qualify for an EITC program while they receive SSI/SSDI benefits?

Yes, your clients can qualify for the EITC while receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and/or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). The EITC does not count as earned income in the SSI/SSDI program. However, you must continue to meet other SSI /SSDI requirements and work rules.

 
 

How can my organization get involved? 

One of the goals of the Real Economic Impact Tour is to provide asset-building strategies to millions of people with disabilities. This is accomplished by engaging community partners at organizations who share our vision to build financial futures for Americans with disabilities. While the 2007 Real Economic Impact Tour is already underway in over 50 cities across the country, it’s not too early to get involved in the 2008 Tour, which will take place in more than 60 communities throughout the U.S. 

If you are a community-based organization wishing to serve as a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site, or a business interested in supporting the REI Tour, contact Johnette Hartnett, Vice President, National Disability Institute, [email protected] ndi-inc.org.

 

 

What is the Earned Income Tax Credit?

 

The Earned Income Tax Credit is...  Please visit the REI Tour page on the EITC for more information.

 

What is an Individual Development Account?

An Individual Development Accout or IDA is... Please visit our page on IDAs for more information.
 
 

I have a child with a disability. Are there tax credits available to me?

A person with earned income may claim a person with total and permanent disabilities of any age as a “qualifying child” for the EITC if that person otherwise meets the qualifying child rules for EITC i.e. relationship and residency. For example, parents may claim their adult children if they have such disabilities. A parent may claim the Child and Dependent Care Credit if they must pay someone to care for their child with a disability so that they can work regardless of the age of the child. In addition to credits, parents can deduct certain unreimbursed medical expenses. For more information download this PDF document: http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p502.pdf.

 
 
Are my disability benefits taxable?   

Well, that depends on which benefits you get and how much your total income is. For more information on Benefits and Taxes, please download Frequently Asked Questions about Taxes and SSA Disability Benefit Programs published by the VCU Work Incentive Planning and Assistance National Training Center.

 
 
How can I get involved?

One of the goals of the Real Economic Impact Tour (REI Tour) is to provide asset-building strategies to millions of people with disabilities. This is accomplished by engaging community partners at organizations who share our vision to build financial futures for Americans with disabilities. While the 2009 Real Economic Impact Tour is already underway in more than 80 cities across the country, it’s not too late to get involved.

If you are an advocate, or a person with a disability, and want to locate an organization taking part in the Real Economic Impact Tour, please contact Michael Roush - [email protected].