Originally published April 1, 2013 at 10:55 a.m., updated April 1, 2013 at 2:15 p.m.
Raphael Tulino, spokesman, Internal Revenue Service, San Diego
Shaina Gross, MPH/Vice President of Impact Strategies and Mobilization, United Way of San Diego County
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.
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.