Volunteers Needed To Help Low-Income Families File for Tax Credits

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Lexington, KY – November 20, 2013 - Volunteers are needed in Central Kentucky to help low-income families file tax returns to claim valuable federal and state credits. This unique volunteer opportunity can put up to $5,800 or more in the pockets of a qualifying family with just one hours of volunteering.

Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC) have been called the most significant federal program for lifting Americans out of poverty, yet millions of dollars are lost to hard-working families and our local economy because eligible households do not file for this credit.

Volunteers are needed to help qualifying households prepare their tax forms and file for the EITC and other credits for which they are entitled. Last year, the Central Kentucky Economic Empowerment Project (CKEEP) an initiative of United Way of The Bluegrass, helped over 3,800 local households claim more than $5.4 million in federal refunds, out of which $2.4 million was from the EITC.

“No accounting experience is needed to volunteer,” said Erin Laws, Financial Stability Specialist for CKEEP. “We provide free training through the IRS to all our volunteers. There’s no liability to volunteer preparers, but they have to pass an IRS certification test in order to serve.”

Volunteers are needed between the end of January and April 15th during the day, evenings and weekends at multiple sites throughout Lexington and Central Kentucky.

Individuals interested in being considered for a volunteer tax preparer position at a CKEEP site should call (859) 233-4460 ext. 303 or go to http://www.uwbg.org/ckeep for more information about this volunteer opportunity and for registration and training information.

The Central Kentucky Economic Empowerment Project (CKEEP) is a coalition of organizations in the Lexington area, which in partnership with the IRS raises awareness about the EITC and provides free tax assistance for those who qualify. CKEEP is a financial stability program of United Way of the Bluegrass.

About United Way of the Bluegrass:
United Way of the Bluegrass is a leader and motivator of change for long-terms solutions for Central Kentucky communities. United Way has committed to three focus areas to meet the needs of today and solve the problems of tomorrow: Education, Income and Health. Systems have been developed to evaluate the quality and success of programs supported by UWBG, so investors can be assured that dollars will have maximum impact on the community. For more information, visit www.uwbg.org or call 859.233.4460.

Media Contact:
Katie Williams
Director of Marketing and Engagement
United Way of the Bluegrass