KMSB "Nogales SCC Profiles,," Tuesday-Thursday, 7/13/10-7/15/10, 6:55 AM

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By Bryce Potter By Bryce Potter

Briggitt Baez, Nogales Community Development, says the Frontera Nogales VITA Coalition is a partnership of local organizations providing free tax preparation service for low-income people.On Tuesday's interview, she says the help is available through April 15 also for seniors, the disabled and those with ESL.  She says volunteers help taxpayers claim benefits such as the EITC and the Child Tax Credit.  She says volunteers last helped secure over a million dollars in Federal tax refunds for Nogales residents.

During Wednesday's discussion, Baez says the partnership provides free tax preparation service to low and moderate income residents and to seniors and ESL residents. She says many taxpayers don’t know about the Earned Income Tax Credit, which is a refundable federal income tax credit for low to moderate income working individuals and families.

Thursday, Baez says the United States Federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC or EIC) is a refundable tax credit designed to encourage low-income workers and offset the burden of U.S. payroll taxes. She says for tax year 2009, a claimant with one qualifying child can receive a maximum credit of $3,043. She said for claimants with three or more qualifying children, the maximum credit is $5,657. She said for tax season 2008-09, the total EITC refund to Arizona taxpayers was $18,407,107.