EITC Day and VITA Kickoff

On Friday, we were at the Atlanta Workforce Group for the start of tax season and to promote awareness of the Earned Income Tax Credit, or the EITC.

With representatives from Mayor Kasim Reed’s office and the IRS speaking, our executive director, Bill Bolling led the press conference talking about how important the EITC credit is. The EITC is a tax credit available to people with low to moderate income. The credit has helped over 27 million households and has been not only a benefit to those who qualify, but to the economy as well.

Also discussed at the press conference was the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, which the Atlanta Prosperity Campaign, a project of the Food Bank, has been a part of for the past five years. If your household made $49,000 or less in 2012, you could have your taxes prepared for free. In the video above, Jason Nguyen talks about being a tax preparer at one of our more unique VITA sites, Osbourne High School.

To learn more about the VITA program and the EITC, please visit the Atlanta Prosperity Campaign’s website.