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EITC Awareness Day press conference today to promote Free Community Tax Service offered by SCCAP and other organizations

United Way of Monroe County will be hosting a press conference to announce community-wide efforts to raise awareness of and increase participation in the Free Community Tax Service and the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).

WHO:

•           Barry Lessow, United Way of Monroe County

•           Mayor Mark Kruzan, City of Bloomington

•           Eloise Erickson, Internal Revenue Service

•           Todd Lare, South Central Community Action Program

•           Sara Laughlin, Monroe County Public Library

WHAT:   EITC Awareness Day is a national effort to increase knowledge about the Earned Income Tax Credit. EITC is a financial boost for working people hit by hard economic times, yet is often overlooked by those who need it most.

WHEN:   Friday, January 28, 2011; 11am

WHERE:   City Hall at Showers Plaza, Atrium

WHY:   EITC Awareness Day is particularly important in today’s economy; more workers may qualify due to reduced incomes. EITC can make their lives a little easier. The credit can increase their federal income tax refunds from $2 to more than $5,666 depending on individual circumstances, but only four out of five eligible people claim and get their EITC. Individuals and families must know about the credit, then file and specifically claim it.

Residents can receive free help determining their EITC eligibility and claiming the credit at eight volunteer tax sites in Monroe and Owen Counties. The Free Community Tax Service helps low- to moderate-income residents file their federal and state tax returns for free. Eligible residents can file their taxes for free and receive 100% of their refund quickly and easily — usually in just 10 days or less.

United Way of Monroe County is a nonprofit organization that improves people’s lives by addressing critical needs today and working to reduce those needs tomorrow. Through its Community Action Fund and grant opportunities, United Way works with 24 member agencies and community partners to focus resources on the building blocks for a better life: education, earnings, and the essentials. You can find more information at www.monroeunitedway.org.

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