Posted by ABCD Public Information 3/12/2014 Categories: Circuit Breaker Tax Credit

The Boston EITC campaign is underway across the city. Launched in collaboration with 

City of Boston, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and a host of partners, Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) neighborhood sites are helping low income families save thousands again this year.

Don’t miss out!  In the 2012 tax year, more than 94,000 eligible working families in Massachusetts failed to apply for the Earned Income Tax Credit, leaving approximately

$1.8 million in unclaimed money in Washington, D.C. when it could have been helping families.


This year Massachusetts leaders and activists want to make sure all eligible persons apply for EITC when they file their 2013 tax returns. In the 2012 tax year, the Boston Coalition prepared 11,500 returns and returned $23 million dollars to taxpayers in credits and refunds.  Of that number, ABCD prepared 5,665 tax returns, returning more than $8.5 million to Boston’s low-income working families and individuals.


The statewide campaign aims to spread the word regarding the Earned Income Tax Credit and provide FREE tax filing assistance to help people access those credits. EITC is the federal and state income tax credit available to low and moderate-income working families and individuals - it can put up to $6,951 in tax payers.


•             Households that earned up to $46,227 ($51,567 married filing jointly) with three or more qualifying children may receive up to $6,951

•             Families who earned up to $43,038 ($48,378 married filing jointly) with two qualifying children, may earn up to $6,178

•             Anyone earning up to $37,870 ($43,210 married filing jointly) with one qualifying child, may receive as much as $3,738

•             A taxpayer without children who earned up to $14,340 ($19,680 married filing jointly) with no qualifying children can receive up to $560


Seniors may qualify for additional dollars via Circuit Breaker Tax Credit

Senior citizens may be eligible to receive up to and additional $1,030 from the State of Massachusetts through the “Circuit Breaker Tax Credit”. This credit is available to all eligible seniors who pay unsubsidized rent or property taxes and is retroactive for three years. The “Circuit Breaker” offers a tremendous financial opportunity for those who qualify. It is important to note that seniors must file a tax return in order to receive the Circuit Breaker credit.


FREE tax preparation provided by IRS-trained professional tax volunteers is available throughout Massachusetts for people of low and moderate income at Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites. Avoid refund anticipation loans (RALS) that offer immediate refund cash at high interest rates.  Why pay for services you can get for free?


Use the FREE EITC tax preparation sites, and get your refund in seven to ten days. Beware of high, unnecessary fees and misleading offers. The average cost at a private preparer is $200 and it could be far more. Keep your whole refund! You earned it!


Free Tax-Preparation Sites:

To find a FREE tax preparation site near you visit or call 617-348-6586 or visit one of our participating neighborhood sites.


Financial Futures Initiative                                                                           Jamaica Plain
178 Tremont Street                                                                                         30 Bickford Street
Boston, MA, 02111                                                                                          Jamaica Plain, 02130
(617) 348-6586                                                                                                   (617) 522-4250

Allston Brighton                                                                                                Mattapan
565 Washington Street,                                                                                 535 River Street
Brighton, MA 02135                                                                                        Mattapan, MA, 02126
(617) 903-3640                                                                                                   (617) 298-2045

Asian American Civic Association                                                               Parker Hill/Fenway
87 Tyler St                                                                                                          714 Parker Street
Boston, MA 02111
                                                                                           Roxbury, MA, 02120
(617) 426-9492                                                                                                   (617) 445-6000

Dorchester                                                                                                         South Boston
110 Claybourne Street                                                                                   424 West Broadway
Dorchester, MA 02121  
                                                                                South Boston, MA, 02127
(617) 288-2700                                                                                                   (617) 269-5160

East Boston                                                                                                        South End
21 Meridian Street                                                                                          554 Columbus Avenue
East Boston, MA 02128                                                                                  Boston, MA, 02118

(617) 567-8857                                                                                                   (617) 267-7400

Elm Hill                                                                                                                  South Side
22 Elm Hill Avenue                                                                                           19 Corinth Street
Roxbury, MA 02121                                                                                         Roslindale, MA, 02131

(617) 442-5900                                                                                                   (617) 327-1152


Other statewide resources can be seen at