The Prosperity Campaign launches publicity drive for Earned Income Tax Credit

01/23/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)

There's a lot of talk about tax breaks for the wealthy and for large corporations. But there is a tax break for low and moderate income people - it's called the Earned Income Tax Credit. Here to talk about it are Kara Moore from United Way and Eddie Burch from the Juvenile Welfare Board.

More than 30 tax preparation locations will be open in Hillsborough County from late January through April 2012. Volunteers will prepare and e-file federal returns based on information provided by taxpayers and by asking tax-related questions. More than 330 Prosperity Campaign of Hillsborough County volunteers will help working families understand their eligibility for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit and other benefits as well as help connect them to other resources where necessary. The EITC has been heralded as the best anti-poverty measure ever to come out of Congress. In 2011, more than 9,300 free tax returns were filed through this program resulting in more than $10.8 million in refunds.

Individuals and families may qualify for free tax preparation if their household income was $60,000 or less in 2011. For information on what to bring in order to have your taxes done, visit their website. For program inquiries contact Kara Moore at (813) 274-0926 or kmoore@uwtb.org.

Tax preparation sites will be open weekdays, evenings and weekends.

Whatever county you live in you can cal "211" to find the local free tax prep location.

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