Lucas County residents offered free tax service
Posted January 05, 2012 in Press Releases
It’s part of a combined effort with Lucas County Commissioner Tina Skeldon Wozniak, Lucas County Treasurer Wade Kapszukiewicz and a number of social service agencies to help low to moderate income working people keep more of their refund.
“This is money that is owed to the working class and middle class citizens of our community,” said Mr. Kapszukiewicz. “They just need to know about it to take advantage of it.”
Many low-income people are owed a significant refund because of the Earned Income Tax Credit, or EITC, a federal income tax credit for low to moderate income working people.
But the IRS estimates anywhere from 10 percent to 20 percent of eligible families do not claim the credit, either because they don’t realize they are eligible or because their income is so low they believe they don’t have to file a tax return, said David Rothstein, project director of asset building for Policy Matters Ohio.
United Way officials are hoping to capture more local residents who are eligible by offering the free service.
“The idea is