Iowa First Lady advocates use of earned income tax credit
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -- Iowa First Lady Mari Culver is touring Iowa to raise awareness of the Earned Income Tax Credit.
She says the credit is geared towards families and individuals who have a job, but still fall into the 'lower income' brackets.
The amount each family gets depends on how many kids they have, and how much income they earned in the year.
The max credit is over $5,000, but Culver says you've got to apply for it.
"Even if you're eligible for the earned income tax credit, you have to claim it on your tax return in order to get it. It's not automatic, so you really need to claim it and find out if you're eligible," said First Lady Culver.
She says to find out if your eligible you should check out the IRS website, which we've built a link on KTIV.com, just click on links at the top of the page.
She also said a great resource for free tax help is the 211 call system. Just dial 2-1-1 from your phone and someone will help you find free tax help in your area.