January 27, 2017
Produced by Katie Kuhn, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County
What would you do with an extra $265 dollars per month?
This is the average amount by which a low- to moderate-income family can increase their income when they take advantage of the Earned Income Tax Credit, or EITC. However, in 2015, one in five eligible families did not take advantage of the EITC credit.
Today we talk with Gabriella Allen, coordinator of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, or VITA, program at La Casa de Esperanza in Waukesha. Gabriella shares information about multiple benefits that lower income families and individuals can take advantage of this tax season, including the EITC and free tax preparation services. Gabriella also shares the story of a family who took the EITC several years ago and have used the extra income to finally take a family vacation!
La Casa de Esperanza is a Waukesha-based nonprofit and program partner of United Way with the mission of providing opportunities to achieve full social and economic participation in society, with emphasis on the Hispanic population. To set up an appointment with a financial stability expert or ask a question, call (262) 832-1534.
To learn more about the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit (CTC), and how you can get your taxes prepared for free, visit UnitedWayGMWC.org/Taxes.
For general questions about the resources available through United Way and how you can get your questions answered, visit our Get Help page.