Do I need a social security number (SSN) to file a return?

All United States residents need either a valid Social Security Number (SSN) or an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) to file their tax return. If you don’t have a valid Social Security Number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, you may call the Social Security Administration at 1-800-772-1213 to obtain one. It may take a few weeks after the SSA has received your application for you to be able to e-file your return. The earlier you apply for an SSN or ITIN the sooner you will be able to file your return.

Do I Qualify for the Child Tax Credit?

If you have a child that was no older than 17 by the end of the tax year being filed and who you provided more than half of the support for, you may be able to claim the Child Tax Credit for $1,000 per child (for up to 3 children) as a reduction to your taxes due. Some additional qualifications and limitations apply.

Do I Qualify for the Additional Child Tax Credit?

If you do not benefit from the full amount of the Child Tax Credit, you may be eligible for the Additional Child Tax Credit. The Additional Child Tax Credit is a refundable credit and therefore may give you a refund even if you do not owe any tax. For more information see IRS Publication 972, Child Tax Credit.

Do I qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC or EIC)?

Depending on your filing status, income level, and dependent situation you may be able to claim the EITC. This credit can have a significant effect on your refund amount. The ezTaxReturn tax preparation program will automatically calculate if you qualify for the credit and how much of the credit you qualify for.