United Way staff and EITCA / VITA volunteers share the message of FREE tax help with local broadcasters in April

EITCA is an alliance of organizations working to provide free tax preparation and filing so more eligible people in our area will claim the Earned Income Tax Credit.

Next month, Yvonne Howard and Jeraldine Hunter will be featured on broadcasts sharing valuable information about how getting taxes filed for free with the Earned Income Tax Credit Alliance and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance can help as the April 17th tax filing deadline approaches.

Howard and Hunter will be featured on The Library Channel's "Senior Focus" program during April.

Howard and Hunter were interviewed for WYPL’s Senior Focus, a Memphis-themed variety show hosted by Sunny Ross earlier this month. WYPL (commonly known as The Library Channel) will run the interview as part of its daily rotation during April.

Howard is a Senior Specialist with United Way’s Community Impact department working with the Earned Income Tax Credit Alliance (EITCA) /Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Hunter is a volunteer EITCA Mobile Site Coordinator and IRS-enrolled agent. Howard and Hunter will discuss the benefits of making sure tax filers use the Earned Income Tax Credit (if they qualify) and speak about the benefits of AARP for local seniors.

“For the Senior Focus program, we spoke primarily on AARP and benefits for seniors who are filing taxes. AARP is very helpful if you are a senior and your taxes are more complicated,” Howard said.

Individuals and families with an annual income of $50,000 or less are likely to qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit and have their taxes prepared and filed for free at EITCA and VITA sites. People searching for a safe place to find trained help with their tax preparation and filing should use United Way’s EITCA/VITA program.

More than 25 EITCA/VITA sites are providing free tax preparation and filing services this year (see a complete listing of local sites here).

EITCA is an initiative of United Way of the Mid-South in partnership with the Internal Revenue Service, AARP, Department of Human Services, Memphis City and County Governments, the Memphis Public Library, 2-1-1/LINC information system and other local businesses, faith-based and nonprofit organizations.

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