Free tax prep pop-ups across Philadelphia are helping working families file for tax credits

The Campaign for Working Families is making sure filers get the tax credits they are entitled to
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — As tax season kicks off, the Campaign for Working Families (CWF) is offering free tax preparation across the city starting Monday.

The Philadelphia-based nonprofit, which helps working families achieve economic empowerment, has set up 25 tax prep pop-up sites throughout the city, as well as a few locations in New Jersey.

IRS-certified volunteers are assisting families that make less than $65,000 a year, with an emphasis on maximizing federal and state tax credit programs that they are entitled to.

Dr. Nikia Owens, CWF president and CEO, has found that many taxpayers are surprised to learn of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) — about $100 million of which is left unclaimed each year in Philadelphia.

“There’s about 50,000 individuals in Philadelphia that do not claim the Earned Income Tax Credit, and if you know anything about the Earned Income Tax Credit, it’s really the most effective anti-poverty fighting program in the country,” she said. “It lowers poverty in almost every city across the nation by at least 2% every year.”

Child tax and education credits are also factored in by tax preparers, if applicable.

The tax prep sites vary on dates and times, but walk-ins will be accepted.

For more information on what documents to bring and where to find the free sites, visit cwfphilly.org.

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