Earned Income Tax Credit Day

On January 31, 2015 the Las Vegas community celebrated Earned Income Tax Credit Day. The day is set aside by the IRS (Internal Revenue Service) and nonprofit organizations to get the word out about the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). EITC and other federal tax credits and free tax preparation services is available to families whose household income is less than $52,000.

Community Services of Nevada, a HUD approved housing counseling agency, hosted the event with its new partner Nevada Free Tax Preparation Center (NFTPC). Nevada Tax Preparation Center is a new nonprofit created to provide more services for low income tax payers.

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The kickoff included enthusiastic speakers that encouraged tax payer to take advantage of the EITC program, the free tax preparation service and to save their refunds. Speakers included Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman, Congresswoman Dina Titus, Patricia Smith founder of Nevada Free Tax Preparation and Margarita Rebollal, founder of Community Services of Nevada.

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is one of the nation's most effective anti-poverty programs. An EITC refund helps pay the rent, buy groceries, cover utility bills and builds savings for future needs. Nevadans have received an average EITC worth $2,280 for each taxpayer who claimed the credit. The EITC can be worth as much as $6,044 for a family with three children.

Phyllis Hargrove, Senior Management Analyst of the Las Vegas Field Office provided capacity building training to Patricia Smith President of Nevada Free Tax Preparation Center. She also assisted the organization in applying and receiving its first grant.

More information (http://www.csnv.org/)

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