FREE TAX PREPARATION for RHODE ISLAND RESIDENTS
Executive Director, RICAA
(Cranston, RI) – Rhode Island residents who make $51,000 a year or less may be entitled to an earned income tax credit as well as free tax preparation.
Rhode Island Community Action Association (RICAA), the Citizens Bank Foundation, and the United Way of Rhode Island are partnering to launch a public awareness campaign January 25th at 10am at the Museum of Work and Culture in Woonsocket to announce the campaign promoting free tax preparation.
The campaign will educate Rhode Islanders of the IRS’ Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) program and its benefits to individuals and married couples.
Jeanne Gattegno is CEO of Westbay Community Action and Board Chair of the RI Community Action Association, whose member network serves more than 200,000 Rhode Islanders each year. “The maximum tax credit savings a filer can be eligible for is $5,891,” says Gattegno, “we see people struggling every day. The Earned Income Tax Credit can be used to put food on the table, pay fuel bills, child care, or invest in education.”
In 2012, Earned Income Tax Credits brought nearly $15 million dollars to the state of Rhode Island.
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program, now in its ninth year, offers certified tax preparation volunteers at VITA sites throughout Rhode Island including the eight member agencies of Rhode Island Community Action. United Way of Rhode Island has funded the VITA sites since 2004 and contributed $68,000 to the program’s community action agencies last year. Information on site locations and free tax preparation is available to all tax filers by calling United Way’s toll-free helpline, 2-1-1.
“The EITC/VITA campaign is a great example of how much can be accomplished when we work together to help people who are struggling in these difficult economic times,” says Anthony Maione, President & CEO, United Way of Rhode Island.
“The Citizens Bank Foundation is pleased to support the EITC public awareness program”, says Ned Handy, President, Citizens Bank Rhode Island. “The tax credit benefits the hard working members of our community as well as the Rhode Island economy. Last year this program brought $14.9 million back to the state.”