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    January 31, 2019

    Thursday, January 31, 2019
    For Immediate Release

    Deniz Firat, Director of Marketing and Communications
    (831) 372-8026, ext. 103
    (310) 907-6743
    United Way Monterey County Launches its Free Tax Preparation Service
    Monterey, CA – United Way Monterey County (UWMC) launches its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) service on Friday, February 1, 2019. The service will be offered through April 17, 2019 at 12 locations throughout Monterey County.
    VITA provides free tax preparation services – both federal and state – for anyone who made less than $55,000 in 2018. The goal of VITA is to ensure that working people obtain all the tax credits and refunds they are due without having to pay fees. In 2018, VITA completed 2,633 returns, totaling nearly $4.2M in federal tax refunds. The program is offered in partnership with the IRS, Monterey Peninsula Foundation, State of California, United Ways of California, and private and corporate donors.
    The Earned Income Tax Credit, EITC or EIC, is a benefit for working people with low to moderate income. CalEITC is a cash back tax credit that puts money back into the pockets of California’s working families and individuals. Last year, $21,666,750 of Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC) was unclaimed in Monterey County. “Even if you don’t owe any tax, we encourage you to file a tax return and claim the EITC – money you can use for groceries, rent, utilities and other bills, or ideally build some savings for a rainy day,” said Katy Castagna, President and CEO, United Way Monterey County
    To learn more about VITA or to find a neighborhood site, visit http://www.unitedwaymcca.org/freetaxprep, call 2-1-1, or text to 898211.  Taxpayers who earned less than $66,000 are eligible to use our free software at www.MyFreeTaxes.org
    About United Way. UWMC fights for the financial stability of families throughout Monterey County with a focus on access to affordable, quality child care and housing.  In addition, United Way provides a portfolio of financial support services and connections to help families become self-sufficient.  Family financial stability boosts student performance, increases residents’ safety and health outcomes and helps our local economy grow.
    Deniz Firat, Director of Marketing and Communications
    (831) 372-8026 x103