Although several programs exist to lift low-income working families out of poverty, not everyone has the resources to access them. For example, the Earned Income Tax Credit is a federal tax credit for people who work but do not earn high incomes. Taxpayers who quality for and claim the credit pay less federal tax, pay no tax at all, or even get a tax refund. Yet an estimated 20% of eligible low-income families are unaware of the EITC– leaving an estimated $38 million unclaimed, rather than in the pockets of those who need it most.
We educate and raise awareness. Last year, 345 trained volunteers prepared more than 10,000 tax returns. As a result, almost $14 million was returned to the local economy, including over $6.3 million in Earned Income Tax Credits.
As part of our smart investments to help financially struggling families thrive, United Way leads a partnership of nonprofit and governmental organizations called the Money in Your Pocket Coalition. Each tax season, we recruit and train hundreds of community volunteers from all walks of life to help low–income, working families complete and file their tax returns.
You can help by volunteering or by providing funding to support volunteer recruitment, training, and management; outreach to eligible taxpayers; and operational needs such as site support, scheduling, and ongoing quality assurance and improvement.
You don’t have to be a professional tax accountant to help low-income, working families. Click the volunteer button below to see how you can make a difference.
In the 2016 tax season
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