02/15/11

Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) today added a section to her website helping constituents of the12th District find free tax assistance programs in their city.

Earn It! Keep It! Save It! is the Bay Area’s largest free tax assistance program organized by United Way in conjunction with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Last year they processed $57 million in refunds for almost 52,000 Bay Area households.

“This is a great opportunity for households who earn $49,000 or less a year to have their taxes prepared for free,“ Speier said. “The tax specialists eliminate any confusion or stress while filing your taxes correctly and helping you receive the largest refund possible.”

Constituents can also learn how to take advantage of the Federal Earned Income Tax Credit. The EITC can increase the income of qualified participants by 10%. This credit lifts more children out of poverty than any other government program. Four out of five families received this tax credit last year.

The web page includes PDF’s in English and Spanish which list 28 locations in San Mateo County that offer the free service.

###