Low-Income Locals Urged To File Taxes To Earn Credit
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With tax season right around the corner, local lawmakers are urging low-ncome New Yorkers to file for the Earned Income Tax Credit.
The Internal Revenue Service estimates that about one in four eligible taxpayers fails to claim the tax credit, missing out on thousands of dollars in refunds.
The Food Bank for New York City is also helping out, offering free tax assistance at 11 sites until April 15.
There is also an all-day free tax preparation at the Harlem State Office Building on Saturday.
"This is a credit for working Americans. This is money people earned, it's their money. It's attempting to have working poor americans stay out of poverty," said IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman.
"To help people that work hard each and every day and yet are struggling with poverty and inability to take care of their families and we have this program to help them keep their dignity and pride and not fall into poverty and despair, and yet we have so many people who just don't know about it," said Manhattan Congressman Charles Rangel.
For more information, call 311.