United Way Calls for Volunteers to Help in Tax Preparation Program. Money In Your Pocket Coalition free tax preparation campaign helps hard-working low and middle income residents file their tax returns and keep more of what they earn.
PITTSBURGH – Today, County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and United Way of Allegheny County announced the county’s 2013 free tax preparation campaign and issued a call for volunteers to help financially-struggling residents file their federal, state, and local tax returns this tax season.
Now in its fifth year, the free tax preparation campaign helps low and middle-income workers maximize their tax refunds by claiming valuable state and federal tax credits like the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC). Services are provided free of charge, offering clients a cost-saving alternative to expensive commercial tax preparation fees.
From January 21 through April 15, 2013, volunteers will help Allegheny County residents whose annual incomes do not exceed $20,000 for an individual or $40,000 for a household that can claim at least one dependent.
The coalition hopes to recruit a team of 150+ students, retirees, and professionals who can commit to volunteering at least three hours per week at one of 11 tax sites. Volunteers must also be able to dedicate a weekend in January to be trained and certified in the basics of IRS tax preparation. Previous experience is not necessary. If you have experience preparing your own taxes, you are encouraged to apply.
“The Earned Income Tax Credit was created to assist hard working people struggling to make ends meet, but it is estimated that only 75% of those eligible actually apply,” said County Executive Rich Fitzgerald. “United Way of Allegheny County’s Free Tax Preparation Campaign aims to educate local citizens about their taxes, and assist with filing, so that tax refunds are not left unclaimed. We look forward to working with our partners to spread the word about the Money in Your Pocket Coalition so that every Allegheny County citizen in need is aware of this valuable program this tax season.”
“During the 2012 tax season, the Money In Your Pocket Coalition prepared more than 6,000 tax returns and delivered $10.6 million in tax refunds back to Allegheny County residents, including $4.4 in Earned Income Tax Credits. More than 150 community volunteers participated in the effort, but we can do more. To help more people, we simply need more volunteers,” said Bob Nelkin, United Way of Allegheny County President and Chief Professional Officer.
For more information about the Free Tax Preparation Campaign or to apply to become a volunteer, visit the MIYP Coalition website at www.pghfreetaxes.org or Dial 2-1-1.
You can learn more about the impact MIYP makes in our community. Watch this 1-minute video to learn how “Every Dollar Matters”.
About United Way of Allegheny County – United Way of Allegheny County is a change agent and efficient community fundraiser that improves lives by addressing critical community needs. By convening diverse partners and investing in programs and people to advance solutions, United Way creates long-lasting change and helps children and youth succeed, strengthens and supports families by promoting financial stability, ensures the safety and well-being of vulnerable seniors, and provides county-wide access to information and referral sources meeting basic needs.
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About Money in Your Pocket Coalition is an alliance of non-profit agencies committed to helping low-income workers and their families access the Federal Earned Income Tax Credit. Members of the Coalition include: Allegheny County Department of Human Services, Allegheny Valley Association of Churches, Capacity Consulting, IRS SPEC, Just Harvest, PA 2-1-1 Southwest, Robert Morris University, United Way of Allegheny County, YMCA-Hazelwood, YMCA-Homewood and YWCA Greater Pittsburgh.
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