Community Partnership, Legal Services of Southern Missouri and the ATLS Coalition hosted a reception on Friday, January 28, 2011, to recognize EITC Awareness Day and introduce the newest VITA free tax preparation site at Legal Services of Southern Missouri located at 809 North Campbell Avenue, Springfield, MO.
The EITC is one of the largest anti-poverty programs which helps lift five million people, half of them children, out of poverty each year. However, the IRS estimates that 20-25% of qualifying taxpayers miss out on thousands of dollars every year because they fail to claim their EITC. So increasing awareness about this important, potentially life changing tax credit is crucial, especially for families and working people hit by hard economic times.
In attendance and/or addressing the group were City Councilman Bob Stephens, Greene County Commissioner Harold Bengsch, Stacy Burks of U. S. Senator Roy Blunt’s office, and Dr. Sandra Byrd from Missouri State University.