FitzGerald Announces 2013 Free Tax Season Program Results

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12,000 tax returns filed, over $14 million returned to taxpayers

CLEVELAND - Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald today announced the results for this year’s Cuyahoga County Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) program rolled out in January by FitzGerald and EITC Coalition in effort to serve low and moderate-income families.

A series of 24 free tax preparation clinics were offered across Cuyahoga County as part of the IRS’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program to offer financial relief and assistance to residents who earned less than $51,567 annually. This year nearly 12,000 tax returns were completed helping to bring $14.8 million back to support Cleveland local economy. Of the 12,000 tax returns filed, 4,000 returns included EITC refunds generating a benefit of $5.5 million to those residents in need.

“We know that too many families in this state have experienced economic hardships, this is why it was critical for county government to continue to provide services like the free tax preparation. These hard families do the best they can with what they have and the least we can do is help them successfully claim the federal benefits they’ve earned,” said County Executive FitzGerald.

Tax returns were prepared and filed by 373 IRS-certified tax preparation volunteers working a combined15,000 service hours helping taxpayers also determine whether they were qualified for certain tax credits.