Too many unaware of benefits of Earned Income Tax Credit

Springfield Partners for Community Action working to raise awareness

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – We are in the midst of tax season and Friday, local agencies raised awareness of a tax credit that provides a boost to lower to moderate-income families.

At Springfield Partners for Community Action, they educate residents on their eligibility for Earned Income Tax Credit. Executive Director Paul Bailey said it’s a much-needed bonus for families with a $54,000 annual income or less.

Depending on how many children the family has, they can get thousands of dollars in tax return money, but not many people know about it.

“The government says at least 30 million dollars is left unclaimed in earned income tax credits each year and it’s an important piece of cash for folks who don’t have,” Bailey said.

Bailey said Governor Charlie Baker has recently increased the state earned income tax credit.

Families can file both state and federal taxes for free through Springfield Partners for Community Action, but they must call ahead for an appointment.

Tax season ends later this year, on April 19, due to federal and state holidays.

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