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Thomas Jefferson EITC Coalition Provides Free Income Tax Preparation

The Thomas Jefferson Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Coalition is partnering with BB&T to provide free Income Tax Preparation on February 9th and 10th. The BB&T bus will bring tax preparation services directly to the community on two dates next week – on February 9, it will be at Parks Edge Apartments, 181 Whitewood Road, near Albemarle High School, from 3:00pm to 6:30pm, and on February 10, it will be at the County Office Building on McIntire from 9:00am – 1:00pm.  The free tax preparation assistance for families that earned less than $49,000 in 2010 will be provided by IRS certified volunteers.

To participate, bring the following with you:

  1. Photo identification for yourself (and for your spouse if you’re filing jointly)
  2. Social security cards for the taxpayer, spouse, and all dependents
  3. Birth dates for taxpayer, spouse, and all dependents

“We appreciate BB&T’s sponsorship on this important community outreach effort and encourage local residents to take advantage of this free opportunity,” said County Director of Social Services Kathy Ralston.

The event is sponsored by the Thomas Jefferson EITC Coalition, a group of non-profit, government and private organizations that have combined to promote greater use of Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) in the community through employer education and support, tax preparation assistance, consumer education, and public awareness. The local coalition is comprised of representatives of community agencies that support the following goals:

  1. To promote the Earned Income Tax Credit to eligible working families who are not currently applying for the credit
  2. To link low-income working individuals to free income-tax preparation
  3. To link un-banked individuals with banking institutions so they can receive electronic income tax returns and establish responsible banking habits
  4. To encourage asset building through programs such as Individual Development Accounts
  5. To discourage the use of predatory lending programs, such as: rapid refund loans, payday check cashing, and car title loans

“We hope that members of the public will take advantage of this opportunity, not only to have their taxes done for free by trained volunteers, but also to learn how to get greater control over their personal finances year-round,” said Pamela Frank, EITC Coalition Coordinator.

For more information about the EITC, visit or call the United Way at 434-972-1703.

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