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It’s that time of the year again – Federal Income Tax filing season.

As in years past, DSHS/ESA is teaming up with the Department of Commerce to market the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) to DSHS clients.  The EITC can reduce your taxes and result in a refund.  If you earned less than $52,427 in 2014, you may qualify for the EITC. This means working families and individuals can keep more of what they earn and life will be a little easier.

Last year, in Washington State, the EITC put $960 million dollars into our customers’ pockets and benefited more than 448,000 working families and individuals. The average EITC refund was over $2,100!  For more information, check out the EITC Fast Facts.

Our goal is to reach out to customers with low-to-moderate incomes, educate them about the credit, and motivate them to file and claim it.  You can have your federal tax return prepared and e-filed for free.  To connect with free tax preparation services in your local area, call 211 or visit IRS Free Tax Prep.

What We Do

We transform lives by empowering individuals and families to thrive.  We serve many clients who live on the margin.  Although most are not receiving a cash grant, they may be relying on food assistance, work-related support services, assistance with child support, medical coverage, or child care subsidies.  A family crisis or change in the economy, even a small one, can force these families into situations requiring assistance, whether it’s the full support of a cash grant, help with child support, or temporary assistance to avoid losing housing.

Washington Connection offers you a way to find and apply for a variety of services and assistance online.  By entering in basic household information, Washington Connection will let you know what programs or services you or your family may be qualified to receive from various State, Federal or Local sources.