EITC and ACE Education


Every year families and individuals who have earned income do not apply for the earned income tax credit on their annual taxes.

The average Earned Income Tax Credit Refund in Texas in 2019 was $2,752, and is geared toward working people with low to moderate incomes. For some families it can offer as much as $6,728. One out of every five eligible workers misses out on the EITC. Don’t let that be you. 

Earned Income Tax Credits benefit the whole family and help guard against Adverse Childhood Experiences. Our program educates families and organizations about ACE's and how EITC's can help with financial stability which is a contributor to ACE risk factors. More information on Adverse Childhood Experiences is available by clicking HERE

Take the Ace Quiz Here 

Understand Your Ace Quiz Here

Help counteract ACE's for children by using some tools below:

Nurture and protect as much as possible.
Say, Sorry
Give 20-Second hugs
Help Kids Express Mad, Sad, & Hard Feelings 
Be There
and Hunt for the Good

Help counteract ACE'S as an adult by using some tools below: 

Take care of your physical health by making regular doctor appointments 
Find mental health support by working with a counselor or finding a mentor 
Work towards lowering your stress levels
Find time to do what brings you joy, create, listen to music...
 


WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

The basics of qualifying for the EITC are:


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You must file a tax return even if your income is low enough that it is not required. You may also go back to 2016 and request EITC for  previous years you qualified but did not request it.

Go to irs.gov for answers and complete information including a qualifier assistant app, call Melissa at (806) 372-2531 or email melissa.darsey@pcsvcs.org.

The federal HHS/OMH award - Community-Based Approaches to Strengthening Economic Supports for Working Families - 

The federal HHS/OMH award - Community-Based Approaches to Strengthening Economic Supports for Working Families - represents 93.75% of total project costs. Panhandle Community Services is leveraging at least $30,000 in additional funds annually (7-10% of total project costs) to provide free tax preparation along with EITC outreach and ACE awareness.

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