Thousands of area workers are eligible for federal Earned Income Tax Credits -— worth as much as $6,318 this year.

Yet the IRS says one in five taxpayers do not file for the credit that is owed to them.

Free tax preparation, where trained volunteer workers help low- and moderate-income taxpayers determine eligibility for the credits, is available at various sites in the area.

Appointments are now available through programs overseen by the Akron-Summit Earned Income Tax Coalition.

Volunteers prepared more than 4,000 federal tax returns last year.

To set up an appointment to have your taxes done at one of three sites, call 866-861-6401.

A fourth site, the University of Akron’s George W. Daverio School of Accountancy, also is part of the coalition and is offering Saturday sessions on a walk-in only basis.

This year, the EITC income thresholds range from $15,010 to $53,930, depending on filing status and number of dependents.

For example, families that earned less than $48,340 in 2017 (or less than $53,930 for married filing jointly) with three or more qualifying children are eligible for a credit of up to the maximum of $6,318.

The maximum credit is $510 for taxpayers with no qualifying children, $3,400 with one, $5,616 with two and $6,318 with three or more. (For more information on the Earned Income Tax Credit, go to www.IRS.gov and click the “Credits & Deductions” tab.)

Participants should bring to the sessions a photo ID (state issued ID is best); Social Security card for adults and dependents listed on the return; income forms such as W-2s and 1099s; information about other income (interest income); deduction and tax credit information (such as proof of child-care expenses and higher-education expenses including tuition and books); a copy of last year’s tax returns if available and bank routing numbers and account numbers if direct deposit of refund is desired. Participants who received health insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace should bring Form 1095-A.

More information about the Akron Summit Earned Income Tax Credit program is available at www.ascainc.org/financial.html and www.uakron.edu/cba/departments/accountancy/vita.dot.

Call 866-861-6401 to make an appointment at one of these sites:

• Akron Summit Community Action Inc., 670 W. Exchange St., Akron.

• Ohio Means Jobs/Summit County Department of Job and Family Services, 1040 E. Tallmadge Ave., Akron.

• Akron Summit Community Action Inc., Barberton location, 105 Fifth St. SE, Suite 1A.

The University of Akron George W. Daverio School of Accountancy is offering sessions at the College of Business Administration Building, 259 S. Broadway, Room 106.

UA sessions are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays; walk-ins only. Organizers recommend being in Room 106 no later than 4 p.m. as slots are limited and demand is high. There will be no sessions available March 31 due to spring break. Call 330-972-7586 for more information.

Also, this Saturday will be the first of four Super Refund Saturday events at which walk-ins will be taken from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Akron Summit County Community Action’s facility at 670 W. Exchange St. in Akron.

The first Super Saturday is sponsored by Key Bank, the Feb. 10 by PNC Bank, Feb. 17 by Huntington National Bank and Feb. 24 by Fifth Third Bank.

Katie Byard can be reached at 330-996-3781 or kbyard@thebeaconjournal.com. You can follow her @KatieByardABJ on Twitter or on Facebook at www.facebook.com.