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VITA AWARENESS DAY March 15, 2017

VOLUNTEER INCOME TAX ASSISTANCE HELPS AMERICANS CLAIM THE EARNED INCOME CREDIT

VISUALS: visit a VITA site Wednesday evening- call Rina Saperstein (513-762-7255) for details.

CINCINNATI, OH: Each year, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program puts billions of dollars back in the pockets of low-income taxpayers nationwide. March 15, 2017, midway through the tax filing season, marks national VITA Awareness Day. Over 500 volunteers are helping tax filers in Southwest Ohio, Northern Kentucky, Southeast Indiana and online through a partnership between United Way of Greater Cincinnati, Ohio Benefits Bank, AARP and the IRS.

The VITA program leverages the power of volunteerism and community engagement to bring together volunteers, tax filers, community organizations, corporations and government for this important work. In 2016, the program brought $23.4 million in refunds back to the community; for 2017 we are halfway to the goal with five weeks remaining in tax season.

The VITA program builds financial stability for working families with children by helping them claim the refundable Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC). The IRS estimates that one in five eligible workers does not claim the Earned Income Tax Credit, missing out on thousands of dollars they’ve earned. To claim these benefits, workers must file their taxes.

“The Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit provide critical work supports for employees earning low to moderate wages.” said Lucy Crane, director, community impact, United Way of Greater Cincinnati. “These credits can help families secure better housing, obtain dependable transportation, pay for quality child care, or pursue higher education.

“United Way’s key advocacy goal is to assure that any federal tax reform proposal maintains and expands this important program,” said Crane.

For more information about free tax preparation services, visit www.makeworkpay.com or call United Way 211 (Dial 2-1-1).
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Important Notice regarding refund delay for low and moderate income families with children.

NEW IN 2017: Potential Refund Delays for EITC and CTC Recipients

Under legislation in the PATH ACT, passed by US Congress in December 2015, the IRS will delay tax refunds that include the EITC or the refundable part of the CTC (the ACTC)  until February 15, 2017. This will enable the IRS to verify information to help prevent identity theft and erroneous refunds.
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UNITED WAY, PARTNERS GARNER $23.3 MILLION FOR LOCAL FAMILIES

Over $23 million in tax refunds were returned to local families, thanks to the Regional Volunteer Tax Assistance Collaborative which provides free tax preparation services and Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) outreach. Collaborative partners include United Way of Greater Cincinnati, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program, the Ohio Benefit Bank and the Internal Revenue Service.

More than 21,000 returns were prepared for local families at 93 sites across Southwest Ohio, Northern Kentucky and Southeast Indiana – a 6 percent increase over last year.   Read more here  and here

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TAX DEADLINE IS APRIL 18- HOWEVER, MOST VITA SITES CLOSE APRIL 9


 

Tax Sites 2016

Tax sites are now open.  Click here for times, locations and other details.

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TEAM FAFSA

TEAM FAFSA helps families and students file for financial aid to make post-secondary education affordable.    Check out events throughout February and March to help you START HERE   GET THERE.


In the media:

SOAPBOX Story:  United Way leads effort for Earned Income Tax Credit awareness via free tax prep


EITC VICTORY

In December 2015, Congress acted to make enhancements to the Earned Income Credit permanent.  This was the result of extensive advocacy.  What a victory for working families!