Free tax help & info about Earned Income Tax Credit

Hard economic times may mean more of South Mississippians are eligible for an important federal tax credit-the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). EITC is the federal government's largest benefits program for working families. But people have to file a tax return to claim it.

About one in four taxpayers are eligible but fail to claim EITC. The rate could even be higher this year as people have lost jobs or are working parttime. Eligibility for EITC depends on income and family size and many workers may not realize they qualify. Single people without children also are eligible and are among the most underrepresented.

The maximum credit is nearly $5,000. That's money that people could get within days of filing a tax return. In an effort to promote the tax credit, the IRS has named Friday, January 30 th EITC Awareness Day. It's the third year for EITC Awareness Day. Scores of local partners that operate free tax preparation sites are holding news conferences to promote EITC and free tax help.

The South Mississippi EITC Coalition offers free tax preparation for families earning less than $42,000 in 2007. Check out our sites below to get your income taxes prepared and filed, FREE of charge. Open January 20th until April 14th. All sites will be closed February 20th and on all holidays.   More information: 228-896-1945

Please bring:

  • Picture ID
  • Social Security card
  • W-2s, 1099s, tax information
  • Bank account information for direct deposit

Mercy Housing & Human Development
1010 Ford Street
Gulfport, MS 39507
Tuesday - Friday 10:00am - 4:00 pm
Saturdays by appointment only

Little Rock Missionary Baptist Church
4538 Old Pass Road, Gulfport, MS
Thursdays 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturdays 10:00 am - 12 noon

Hispanic Interest & Services
178 Main Street, Biloxi, MS 39531
By appointment only

Gulf Coast Community Action Agency
231 Hwy 90 Waveland, MS 39576
Mondays, Tuesdays Wednesdays & Thursdays 4:30 - 7 pm

Visions of Hope
618 Division Street, Biloxi, MS 39530
Tuesdays 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Wednesdays 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
4th Saturdays 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Gulf Coast Community Action Agency
3201-D Avenue, Gulfport, MS 39507
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays 10:00am-3:00pm (By appointment only)
Saturdays (2nd & 4th Sat) 10:00 am-12 noon
Closed; Feb 16, 24; & Apr 10

Jackson County Civic Action Committee
228-769-3292 ext. 111
Jackson County Civic Action Training Room 400
5343 Jefferson Street, Moss Point, MS 39562
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am -12 noon