Lorain County Earned Income Tax Credit Coalition Prepares for 2013 Tax Season

 

Call for Volunteers; Volunteer Information Session on Thursday, December 5, 2013

Lorain, OH – The Lorain County Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Coalition is seeking volunteers to provide free tax preparation to low or moderate income families.

“The EITC is a financial boost for working people.  One hour of a volunteer’s time could equal $6,044 to a low-wage worker,” said Dianne Brehm, United Way of Greater Lorain County.

The earned income tax credit, which is generally geared towards working families, cuts taxes for filers with incomes below $52,000.  Historically, many of these filers pay for loans to get their refunds immediately, even though they could have their taxes prepared for free.  The Lorain County EITC Coalition will offer a number of free tax preparation sites throughout the county beginning in early 2014.  Additionally, the Coalition is encouraging filers to establish bank accounts into which refunds can be directly deposited and received much faster than through the mail.

“Last year, the Coalition helped local families save more than $312,000 in tax preparation fees.  Additionally, the coalition prepared more than 1,550 federal returns, resulting in about $766,500 in earned income tax credits ,” said Kevin Stitak, Lorain County Labor Agency.

With the help of volunteers, the Lorain County EITC Coalition assures low-wage taxpayers receive quality tax assistance, helps build wealth in our community and strengthens our neighborhoods.  A variety of opportunities and trainings will be available to prepare volunteers for roles such as:  greeters, tax preparers and site coordinators.

Additional information about EITC and the volunteer opportunities will be shared at a free information session held on Thursday, December 5, 2013 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at United Way of Greater Lorain County’s office at 1875 North Ridge Road East, Suite H, Lorain, OH 44055.  To RSVP or for additional information, please visit www.uwloraincounty.org/events or call (440)277-6530.

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United Way of Greater Lorain County supports endeavors to create opportunities by bringing lasting, positive change to Greater Lorain County and by focusing on quality of life building blocks. United Way focuses on four impact areas: education, income, health and basic needs. Learn more at www.uwloraincounty.org or by calling 440/277.6530.

 

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