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United Way Center for Financial Stability to offer tax help and financial resources year-round

MIAMI (March 18, 2014) – United Way of Miami-Dade has received two separate grants - a $7,500 grant from Bank of America and a $12,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation - to continue informing Miami-Dade taxpayers about the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), which lifts more Americans out of poverty than any other federal program. In addition, United Way is utilizing the funds to promote free tax services via the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Miami sites and the web at www.myfreetaxes.com/UWCFS.

This year, for the first time, Branches, which operates the United Way Center for Financial Stability, is the official grantee of the IRS VITA grant and is coordinating the program all throughout Miami-Dade. Currently, IRS-certified volunteers are providing free tax preparation services to those who qualify at more than 40 VITA sites.

“We are thankful that Bank of America and Walmart are helping us raise awareness about free tax services and tax credits available to help our residents file their taxes properly with maximum refunds," Harve A. Mogul, president and CEO, United Way of Miami-Dade, said. “Our goal is to make sure that as many people as possible who struggle to make ends meet, speak another language or have a disability are aware of these free and valuable programs.”

United Way is utilizing outdoor advertising to reach the community. The "Put more money in your pocket" bi-lingual awareness campaign will take over the Government Center Metrorail station from mid-March to mid-April, reminding people to get free tax help and file by April 15. The campaign also combines public relations, website and social media outreach with a direct marketing component via United Way's database of supporters and partner agencies.

To find a VITA site or gather comprehensive tax information, visit www.miamifinancialstability.org or call 211.

In addition to free tax preparation, working individuals and families can access year-round financial services and support – from financial coaching and credit counseling to free tax preparation, employment assistance and more – at the United Way Center for Financial Stability. For information on these programs, call the Center at 305-688- 3551.

About United Way of Miami-Dade
For 90 years, United Way of Miami-Dade has been an innovative force in the community with a long and successful track record of responding to emerging needs and transforming people’s lives. Today our work is focused on education, financial stability and health—the building blocks for a good life. We invest in quality programs, advocate for better policies, engage people in the community and generate resources. To learn more, give, advocate or volunteer, visit www.unitedwaymiami.org, www.facebook.com/UnitedWayMiami or www.twitter.com/UnitedWayMiami.