The United Way of Greater Kansas City and the KC CASH Coalition will open 20 tax assistance sites across the city to help workers electronically file their 2011 taxes for free.
The sites, available to most taxpayers who earned $50,000 or less in 2011, will be open through the first week of February. Their focus is helping the low- and middle-income claim the Earned Income Tax Credit, which could put up to $5,751 back into the pockets of a family with three or more qualifying children. A family with one qualifying child can receive up to a $3,094 credit.
Earned Income Tax Credit legislation originally was approved by Congress in 1975, “in part to offset the burden of Social Security taxes and to provide an incentive to work,” the IRS website says. If the credit is more than taxes owed, it can result in a tax refund to those meeting requirements.
“We know that a lot of people who didn’t qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit in previous years will qualify this year because they, or a spouse, lost their jobs in 2011 or they had to settle for part-time work or maybe they had another child, which raises the income limits on whether or not they qualify to claim the tax credit,” said Ron Howard at the United Way.
For a list of the tax assistance centers locations and times of operation, call the United Way at 816-559-4644 or the KC CASH Coalition at 816-651-8235.