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The California Department of Community Services and Development (CSD) is urging eligible Californians to take advantage of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) during the 2013 tax season.
As many as one out of five people eligible to claim this credit miss out because they don’t apply. If you work, and earned under $50,000 last year, you could receive up to $5,891 by claiming the credit on your 2012 Federal tax returns.
“To receive the credit, eligible Californians must file a tax return and claim what they’ve earned through EITC,” said CSD Acting Director Linné Stout. “The Department and our local partners are working to get the word out, and to help eligible Californians take advantage of the credit by offering free tax preparation services.”
CSD administers the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) through partnering with local non-profits and government agencies to alleviate the causes of poverty in local communities throughout California. Several of CSD’s partner agencies around the state are offering free tax preparation and EITC filing services during the 2013 tax season. Many agencies are also collaborating and leveraging with other community based organizations to offer these services, and fill service gaps around the state.
“We are working hard to reach all the members of our community who are eligible for EITC so they don’t miss out on this great resource,” said Betty McWilliams, executive director for Foothill Unity Center, a CSD partner agency in Los Angeles. “For a very low income family, receiving this credit can make a significant difference in their lives. And, the financial boost EITC provides working people also offers a boost to our local economy.”
Those earning under $50,000 can get more information and see if they are eligible for free tax preparation services, including EITC, by contacting : Los Angeles County: Foothill Unity Center 415 W. Chestnut Avenue, Monrovia, CA 91016. For more information call (626) 358-3486 or visit www.foothillunitycenter.org.