United Way of Broward County, in collaboration with community partners, is proud to announce that this year the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) program providing free tax assistance to low-income families through United Way’s Mobile Resource Center, has refunded a total of $519,305 to the Broward County community. The total is a 17% increase from last year.
The Mobile Resource Center ensured that more Broward County residents had the opportunity to access free tax preparations including Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC) and they were able to receive the funds they desperately need – and deserve. The Mobile Resource Center, United Way’s branded RV, traveled around the community from January through April bringing services directly to people who couldn’t afford to pay to have their taxes prepared or were unable to find a way to access the services provided. This year, the program served 447 clients, a 15% increase over last year’s tally.
“These credits amount to dollars that will filter into Broward County. They will improve the lives of many who are living paycheck to paycheck and boost our local economy, which will help merchants and businessmen, not only the recipient,” said Kathleen Cannon, President and CEO of United Way of Broward County. “All Broward County residents deserve access to services that are available. United Way is pleased to be able to fill this gap.”
Preparing a tax return can be complicated, and tax filers often seek help from commercial tax preparers who may charge high fees that ultimately reduce the value of any refund the worker is eligible to receive. United Way estimated this program saved the community $57,000, in addition to bringing $519,305 back into their pockets through the tax assistance program.
Community partners in this collaborative effort included: 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, HandsOn Broward, and Minority Development & Empowerment, Inc.