September 21, 2006
September 21, 2006
The Cuyahoga Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Coalition is a group of government, foundation, non-profit, community development agencies, and financial institutions whose goal is to provide and advocate for fair and free tax service for low- and moderate-income workers. The primary mission of the coalition is to help County residents claim the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), receive quality and free tax preparation, and work toward financial security.
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The Cuyahoga EITC Coalition promotes free and fair tax preparation services for middle- and low-income filers. Many filers are subject to filing fees and refund anticipation loans (RALs) sold to them by private for-profit businesses. These fees and loans are avoidable by using the Coalition’s free tax sites throughout the City of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County. These sites are quick, efficient, high-quality alternatives to paid preparers. The volunteer preparers are certified annually by the IRS and the sites have convenient hours to meet the demands of working families.
List of VITA sites in Cleveland and Cuyahoga County
The Cuyahoga EITC Coalition also encourages financial independence and savings for middle- and low-income families. This platform of wealth-building is an important step toward home ownership, saving for higher education, and day-to-day living.
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Wall Street Journal article on free credit reports
Fact File: Getting Ohio's Families the Credit They Deserve: The Earned Income Tax Credit
EITC Gains, RAL Drains
Who Takes Credit? Earned Income Tax Recipients in Cleveland, 2006
Credit Where it's Due: The Earned Income Tax Credit in Ohio
Who Takes Credit? Earned Income Tax Recipients in Cleveland
Taking Credit: Boosting Participation in the Earned Income Tax Credit in Greater Cleveland
An Ohio Earned Income Tax Credit: Costs and Benefits
National Community Tax Coalition
Legal Aid Society of Cleveland for specific case help
Article on the high cost of Tax Refund Loans
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