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Atlanta Prosperity Campaign, others offer benefits of earned income tax credit at news conference

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) Sites Also Begin Offering

Free Tax Preparation to metro-Atlanta Households Earning $49,000 or Less

 

Press Conference Speakers

 Carlis Williams, Region IV Administrator, US Department Health and Human Services Administration of Children and Families

Peggy Bogadi, IRS Wage & Investment Commissioner

Bill Bolling, Executive Director, Atlanta Community Food Bank

Deborah Lum, Executive Director, Atlanta Workforce Development Agency

Karen Rogers, Director, City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Weed and Seed 

Jason Nguyen, Osborne High School VITA Site Representative

Amber Bell, VITA Client

WHAT:          

Millions of workers could overlook an important federal tax credit because they simply don’t know about it. As a result they could miss out on as much as $5,891 extra in their federal income tax refunds through the Earned Income Tax Credit, or EITC.

January 25 is National Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Day, which highlights the benefits of this tax credit to those who are eligible.  It is also the kick off of the local Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. More than 40 VITA sites located throughout metro Atlanta with more than 500 IRS trained and certified volunteers will offer free tax preparation and help in determining EITC eligibility to individuals and families whose households earned $49,000 or less in 2012.  Sites are open January 17 through April 15.

WHERE:        

Atlanta Workforce Development Agency (VITA Site)
818 Pollard Blvd.
Atlanta, GA 30315
404.546.3000

WHEN:         

Friday, January 25, 2013
10:00 am

WHY:             
The Atlanta Prosperity Campaign, an initiative of the Atlanta Community Food Bank, and its coalition partners such as local nonprofits, government and corporate groups want to stress the importance of the EITC and the VITA program in helping put more money into the pockets of metro Atlanta’s working families and the greater community.

IMPACT:
The Atlanta Community Food Bank introduced the Atlanta Prosperity Campaign (APC) in June 2007.  In its first year, the Campaign had an incredible impact on increasing enrollment in economic benefits aimed at low-to-moderate income working individuals and families including the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and food stamps.  Last year, APC helped more than 12,000 people file their taxes, bringing more than $16 million in federal and state income tax refunds into the economy—including over $5 million in EITC.
 

MORE INFO:
For additional information about VITA and site locations, visit www.atlantaprosperity.org or call 211, or 404.614.1000.

 

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