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File a Federal tax return and claim it before you can receive EITC. Click here to calculate your EITC.

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If you are a low income taxpayer who needs help in resolving a tax dispute with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and cannot afford representation, you may qualify for free or low cost assistance from a Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC).

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The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provides cash grants to low-income households to help them pay their heating bills and crisis grants for household in immediate danger of losing their heat.

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Beware of fraudulent sites when submitting your personal information — The PA Department of Labor & Industry will never ask you to pay for UC services, or your credit information.

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Working for yourself has its challenges and rewards. When it comes to tax time, take the stress out of knowing how to file. Use this tool to calculate your estimated tax liability for the year

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The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides help paying for groceries. SNAP benefits work just like a debit card. You can use the card at grocery stores, supermarkets, and farmers markets.

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Medicaid is a federal benefit that provides free or low-cost health coverage to low income Americans. Medicaid works as stand-alone health coverage, or as a safety net for those with Medicare.

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The Property Tax and Rent Rebate program (PTRR) provides property tax and rent relief for qualified Pennsylvanians. Eligible Pennsylvanians may include seniors age 65 and older, widows and widowers, and persons with disabilities.

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Resources & Tools Provided by Partner Organizations

Tax Questions? Dial 2-1-1

Dial 2-1-1 for additional resources and to find a free tax site near you or click here for a list of Campaign for Working Families locations

Individual Development +Accounts (IDA)

The Lubert IDA Program is a savings program that helps working individuals save for post-secondary education or their first home; assets that will help secure their long-term financial stability and security.

JOIN (Job Opportunity Investment Network)

United Way is a partner in the JOIN Collaborative, a partnership created to address the workforce crisis in our region. JOIN acts as the “matchmaker” between industry and the workforce, leading partnerships that train low-wage workers for high-demand, available positions.

Health Resources: FamilyWize Partnership

United Way has partnered with FamilyWize to provide free prescription discount cards across the region. FamilyWize cards immediately lower the cost of prescriptions for people without insurance or who take medications not covered by their plan. Discounts vary, but on average, card holders receive significant savings.

Homestead Exemption

The Homestead Exemption offers Real Estate Tax savings to all Philadelphia homeowners by reducing the taxable portion of their property assessment by $45,000. Learn more about eligibility requirements and how to apply.

Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program

The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and older; widows and widowers age 50 and older; and people with disabilities age 18 and older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters, and half of Social Security income is excluded. For more information and eligibility criteria, click on the link above.

Senior Property Tax Freeze

Philadelphia property owners ages 65 and older (or 50 and older and the widow/widower of a spouse who was over 65 when passing) enrolled in this program receive a “freeze” on their property taxes. That means, if your home’s value or the City’s tax rate ever increase, your tax bill will remain the same as the day you enrolled in the program. Income limits for individuals is $27,500; married couple limit is $35,500. For more information on how to apply, please contact us at bbivings@cwfphilly.org, 215-626-3378 or click the link above.

Senior Water Discount

If you are a senior citizen you may be entitled to a discount on your water/sewer bills. You must, however, be 65 years of age or older and your annual combined income for you, your spouse and all members of your household cannot exceed $32,300. You may file the application based on income for the prior calendar year. Click the link above to fill out your application today!

ACA (Affordable Care Act)

The Affordable Care Act put in place comprehensive health insurance reforms that have improved access, affordability, and quality in health care for Americans. Click here to learn about the law, how to get coverage, and how it has helped people across the country.

The Octavius Catto Scholarship

Designed to put more Philadelphians on the path to success at Community College of Philadelphia, the Octavius Catto Scholarship aims to make the transformative power of education available to students by providing funding and additional supports. Eligible first-time, full-time students will receive funding for up to three years, enhanced coaching and advising, and support for food, transportation and books. To become a Catto Scholar, new, first-time Community College of Philadelphia students must: Have a high school diploma, Commonwealth Diploma or GED; be a Philadelphia resident for at least 12 months; complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) each year and document an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $8,000 or less; enter college ready or one level below college ready in English and/or Math. If you are eligible, click here to Apply Today.