The Internal Revenue Service announced Friday that the 2014 tax season has officially begun.
So feel free to file your tax returns online or by mail.
And make sure, the IRS said in a release Friday, to check your eligibility for tax credits including the Child Tax Credit, American Opportunity Tax Credit and in particular the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).
Last year more than 58,000 Pierce County tax returns received the EITC, bringing more than $129 million back into the county with an average credit amount of $2,192 per return, the IRS said. The agency estimates that 20 percent of people eligible for the credit do not apply.
You can check your eligibility at IRS.gov.
Last year’s average nationwide tax refund totaled $2,744.
Taxpayers have until Tuesday, April 15 to file their federal tax returns and pay any tax due.