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The City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado, United Way, Branches, Miami Dade College and IRS to launch expanded effort to lift more families out of poverty

Raising awareness for National Earned Income Tax Credit Day

WHY:

EITC lifts more Americans out of poverty than any other program. The IRS estimates that 19 percent who qualify in Miami-Dade aren’t claiming it. The first step to receiving EITC is to file your taxes correctly. IRS estimates that about 80 percent of tax filers in Miami-Dade will qualify for free tax help at Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites.

WHAT:

On January 30, at 10:15 am, a collaborative of partners led by Branches, operator of the United Way Center for Financial Stability, will officially launch tax season and celebrate the National Earned Income Tax Awareness Day at The City of Miami City Hall.  Branches has once again received an IRS grant to run and coordinate the (VITA) program throughout Miami-Dade County, where IRS-certified volunteers will provide free tax preparation services to those who qualify and help taxpayers receive maximum refunds.

Because of The City of Miami’s longtime commitment to helping residents access free tax services, City Hall will serve as the ideal backdrop to launch the 2015 VITA collaborative.

WHO:

The City of Miami Mayor, Tomas Regalado; United Way President and CEO, Harve Mogul; Branches Executive Director, Brent McLaughlin; Miami Dade College President of Wolfson Campus Dr. Jose A. Vicente and School of Business Dean Rafael (Rafo) Saldana, School of Business; and IRS Territory Manager, Maritza R. Michaud – will all speak about the importance of tax credits and free tax preparation sites available to our community.

VITA volunteers will be preparing taxes for members of the community who qualify.

WHEN:

Friday, January 30, 2015
10:15 am – 11:15 am

WHERE:

City of Miami City Hall
3500 Pan American Drive Miami

MORE INFO:

To find a VITA site or to get tax help, call Switchboard of Miami at 305-358-HELP (4357) or 211. To find out more about IRS income limits for EITC, what to bring when doing your taxes and more, visit www.miamifinancialstability.org or call 305-688-3551.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

United Way and Branches: Yanet Obarrio Sanchez, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 305-213-5262; Isabelle Pike, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 305-206-5689

City of Miami: Cristina de la Maza, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 305-416-1475

MDC: Juan Mendieta, MDC director of communications, 305-237-7611, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.