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EITC Awareness Day

Date: 25 Jan 2019 | 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

ESR’s Forsyth Free Tax Program Celebrates EITC

Winston-Salem, NC — Forsyth Free Tax, a program of Experiment in Self-Reliance (ESR), will host an EITC Awareness Day Celebration on Friday, January 25 from 11:30-1:30 pm.

January 25 marks the 13th anniversary of EITC Awareness Day, a nationwide effort to increase awareness about the EITC (Earned Income Tax Credit) and other refundable credits. This year, IRS is promoting EITC and providing information on other refundable tax credits that you may be eligible for. This includes the American Opportunity Tax Credit, the Child Tax Credit and Additional Child Tax Credit.

For the last 43 years, the EITC made life better for millions of workers. For residents who qualify and claim the credit, it could be as much as $6,444 from the IRS for some workers. The IRS estimates only four out of five workers claim the EITC they earned. This leaves billions of dollars on the table each year. ESR aims to get the word out to those who are eligible to file a tax return, even if they do not owe any tax, to claim the EITC. The credit can be used for groceries, rent, paying off debt, and building a savings.

Forsyth Free Tax’s EITC Awareness Day will begin with a lunch and program that highlights the importance of the EITC in lifting residents out of poverty in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County. IRS certified volunteers will be available to prepare taxes for those who meet the income guidelines and wish to complete early. Nine tax sites will open throughout Forsyth County beginning the week of January 22 and remain open with varying hours throughout tax season. Locations for free tax return preparation can be found at www.eisr.org.

To sign up to participate in EITC Awareness Day, email Shirley Abdullah at shirley.abdullah@eisr.org or call 336-714-9205 by January 22. To learn more about Forsyth Free Tax or the EITC, visit www.forsythfreetax.org or call 336-722-9400.