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Many San Diego Low Income Families Missing Out On Tax Credit

Evening Edition

Aired 4/1/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.

GUESTS:

Raphael Tulino, spokesman, Internal Revenue Service, San Diego

Shaina Gross, MPH/Vice President of Impact Strategies and Mobilization, United Way of San Diego County

Transcript

The tax deadline is drawing near with just two weeks left until your tax filings are due. According the IRS, the average refund is around $2,800. The federal earned income tax credit (EITC) put into place to help low income families can be as much as $5,000, but not everyone who is eligible is applying for it.

Additional Resources

United Way of San Diego County's Tax Help

IRS, Internal Revenue Service

IRS Earned Income Tax Credit page/EITC

The United Way of San Diego County offers free tax preparation to low income families through its 100 nonprofit partners countywide. In addition, they've partnered with Goodwill to get the word out to San Diego's disabled residents about the EITC, which could run as much as $5,000. Part of the reason families aren't receiving this credit is because they make so little they don't file. If they don't file, they can't receive the EITC.

Raphael Tulino, spokesman for the IRS of Southern California & Nevada, says San Diegans claimed $507 million last year but that around 20 percent of those eligible don't claim the credit. In 2012, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program estimated that in San Diego about $70 million goes unclaimed.

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