Mark your calendar: EITC / Asset Building Forum meeting Tuesday, October 25

An Earned Income Tax Credit / Asset Building Forum meeting will be held Tuesday, October 25 at the Haraway Center on the Northwest Mississippi Community College campus. This kick-off event will help promote the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites in DeSoto, Marshall, Panola, Tate and Tunica counties.

Earned Income Tax Credit Alliance

The Earned Income Tax Credit is an important tool for helping individuals and families with low incomes increase financial stability

United Way Senior Vice President of Engagement and Alignment, Regina Walker, and Yvonne Howard, Sr. Specialist, Community Impact are among the community representatives presenting information at the forum.

The meeting will take place from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm. Lunch will be provided.

The Earned Income Tax Credit has been hailed as “the best anti-poverty, the best pro-family, the best job creation measure to come out of Congress.” In 2003, the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) lifted nearly five million Americans above the poverty line. No other government program boosts more children and families out of poverty than EITC.

Leaders and staff from the regulatory agencies, banks and credit unions, community action and housing agencies, micro-enterprise and business development groups, advocates for people of low incomes, education and workforce organizations, faith-based and other nonprofit service providers are all among those who could benefit from this gathering.

Topics to be discussed include:

United Way works with organizations and volunteers across the Mid-South to help individuals and families with low incomes secure the Earned Income Tax Credit with FREE tax preparation.

· EITC/VITA sites
· Disaster tax assistance
· Predatory lending
· Small dollar loan products
· Pre-paid cards and more.

This is a free event, but registration is required. To register, please contact Cathy Martin at cathy.e.martin@stls.frb.org or by calling 901-579-4102. The event is hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Memphis Branch and United Way of the Mid-South.

To learn more about United Way’s work with the Earned Income Tax Credit Alliance, click here.

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