HUD and IRS Partner to Help Low-Income in Erie and Niagara Counties
HUD's Buffalo office and the local Internal Revenue Service (IRS) have launched a joint effort to help thousands of low-income seniors and working families in the Erie/Niagara region save thousands of dollars on their annual income taxes. This initiative is an outgrowth of a national HUD/ IRS Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to increase low-income working family access to tax credits and free tax preparation assistance using IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Programs. The local partnership will:
"It should provide an immediate benefit to many low-income families, especially working families in shelters and public housing" says Stephen Banko, HUD's Buffalo Office Manager.
Last year, 21 million families with two or more children qualified for the Earned Income Tax Credit, providing tax refunds of up to $4,300. IRS studies indicate millions more families are eligible for this tax credit but fail to claim it.
2005 "SUPER SATURDAY" FREE Tax Preparation Assistance
Every Saturday through April 9th, free tax assistance is available at these "Super Saturday" sites:
Open 9am to 3pm.
For information including contacts, hours, and directions to VITA tax assistance sites, call central referral service at (716) 851-5555, or log on to United Way's (www.uwbec.org) local website.
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