From: Rainier Valley Post
Posted on November 10, 2014 by Editor
From the Free Tax Campaign:
Every year in Washington State, low-and-middle income individuals and families struggle to pay the bills and keep food on the table. Tax time can make an unstable situation even worse. Not only is Washington’s tax system the most regressive in the nation, but predatory tax preparers exploit people’s confusion around taxes, charging upwards of $300 for a tax return.
For instance, Maria, a single mother of two making $30,000 a year, has to regularly choose between education, car repair, and dental care. But during the last tax season, she received a $3,000 refund, secured by Free Tax Campaign volunteers at absolutely no cost. And this meant that she didn’t have to choose between meeting only some of her basic needs.
Starting as a grassroots initiative in White Center thirteen years ago and led by United Way of King County, this effort is now county-wide and connects low-income workers to the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), considered the most successful federal anti-poverty measure in the last four decades.
To reach our goal of serving 20,000 people across King County, we are recruiting and training over 1,000 volunteers to prepare taxes and connect clients to public benefits. Volunteer Tax Preparers and Benefits Specialists work one-on-one with friends and neighbors to connect clients to benefits and bring an average of $30,000 back into their communities. Join our talented team, receive training that boosts your skills, and help reach the people who need it most. No experience needed!
Free Tax Campaign locations in Southeast Seattle:
Rainier Beach Community Center (Rainier Beach)
Rainier Community Center (Columbia City)
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