535 Families Received Free Tax Assistance Provided by United Way of Broward County and Hispanic Unity

May 1, 2015

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.  – United Way of Broward County, in partnership with Hispanic Unity of Florida, is proud to have supported more than 530 families by offering  free tax assistance from their Mobile Tax Resource Center through an Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) program. The program ensured that more Broward County residents had the opportunity to file for Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC) and that they could receive the funds they desperately needed. For the 2014 tax year, these families were able to collectively receive a total tax refund amount of $454,136. 

 

The Mobile Resource Center, along with Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) employees, toured the county in order to reach residents who did not have the ability or means to access financial assistance.  Available to eligible Broward County residents from January 21st though April 15th, The Mobile Resource Center was stationed at various locations throughout Broward County including Southwest Regional Library, Holy Cross Hospital, Jack & Jill Children's Center and the Northwest Coral Springs Family Success Center. 

 

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC) programs provide federal tax benefits for low and moderate-income workers. The EITC benefit was worth up to $6,242 for families who worked in 2014. Workers who earned less than a household income of about $53,000 in 2014 while raising children were eligible for the EITC.

 

Community partners in this collaborative effort include:  United Way of Broward County, Children’s Services Council of Broward County, Hispanic Unity of Florida, Urban League of Broward County, Wells Fargo, JM Family Enterprises, Inc., Consolidated Credit Counseling Services, Inc., 2-1-1 Broward, Internal Revenue Service, Broward County and HandsOn Broward.

 

About United Way of Broward County
United Way of Broward County is a volunteer driven, community-based, non-profit organization servicing Broward County for more than 75 years. United Way of Broward County mission is to focus and unite the entire community to create significant lasting change in the impact areas of Education, Income and Health, the building blocks for a better life, which positively impacts people’s lives. United Way of Broward County is the catalyst for change and convener of partnerships that unite the hearts, minds, and resources within the Broward community. For more information, visit www.UnitedWayBroward.org

 

About the Mobile Resource Center
United Way of Broward County’s Mobile Resource Center is part of the Center for Working Families, a collaborative effort among United Way of Broward County, Hispanic Unity of Florida, Urban League of Broward County, and the Children’s Services Council of Broward County. The Center for Working Families will assist members of the community who need individualized emergency and economic development services so that they can achieve and maintain economic stability.

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