Available to both homeowners and renters, the credit could help some residents avoid eviction, foreclosure or utility shutoffs.
Once available only to people with up to $20,000 adjusted gross income per year, the credit has been extended to those with up to $50,000 a year—or $60,000 for those 70 and older. To be eligible, you must have lived in your home or rental throughout 2016.
Low-income residents who do not need to file a tax return can call LCE at 202-434-2120. For help with tax returns, see information about AARP Foundation Tax-Aide.