Wednesday, February 18, 2015

It's tax season, be sure to check if you are eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit

Media Contact: 
Kate Rubalcava Earn It. Keep It. Save It. Program Director
Community Action Partnership of Utah
801-671-1542 or 801-433-3025 x7 
Kate@caputah.org

Only 4 of 5 Claim Potentially Life-Changing Tax Credit 

Salt Lake City, UT (January 28, 2015) – Imagine discovering an extra $2,200. That's the average amount the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) typically provides tax filers who claim it. It's also nearly 12% of the monthly income for one third of Utah families; the kind of money that could easily be life-changing for so many. But why does it so often go unclaimed? 

Many Utahns eligible for the EITC just don’t know about the tax credit; others don’t file a tax return, fearing additional debt burden. The truth is, by not filing taxes, these people may be missing out on money that's already theirs. 

Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Awareness Day is a national effort to help all who are eligible get the money they deserve. After all, one in four Utah citizens fail to claim the Earned Income Tax Credit, leaving what may be a substantial, life-changing amount of money on the table. 

In collaboration with communities across the state, UtahTaxHelp.org is dedicated to raising awareness about the EITC — and other valuable refunds and credits — through their annual free tax filing campaign. To learn more about the Earned Income Tax Credit and to find out if you qualify, visit UtahTaxHelp.org or call 2-1-1. But hurry! April 15 sneaks up fast and filing your taxes for free with UtahTaxHelp.org could mean more money back in your pocket! 

Who Can Claim the EITC? 
In order to qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit, you must have earned taxable income and you must file your taxes. Individuals and families who earned $60,000 or less in 2014 qualify to have their income taxes prepared for free. There are many options and people can file online or go into one of our designated tax sites across the state. Information on how to file for free and on the Earned Income Tax Credit can be found at UtahTaxHelp.org or by calling 2-1-1. 

About UtahTaxhelp.org 
UtahTaxHelp.org is a coalition of statewide partners from the public, private and nonprofit sectors and is an initiative of Community Action Partnership of Utah's Earn It. Keep It. Save It. program. UtahTaxHelp.org is also an affiliate of MyFreeTaxes.com, a collaboration between Goodwill Industries International, National Disability Institute and United Way Worldwide, powered by the Walmart Foundation. Call 2-1-1 for more information or visit UtahTaxHelp.org to file your taxes 100% free — online or in person at one of many locations throughout Utah. UtahTaxHelp.org provides tax help you can trust.

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