Free tax help for many Miami-Dade County residents starts Friday through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.
Miami-Dade County officials, the United Way of Miami-Dade and Miami Dade College are partnering to assist people in filing their taxes and claiming their refund before the April 18 tax deadline.
One point of emphasis: the Earned Income Tax Credit, a tax benefit for working people with low and moderate incomes. The Internal Revenue Service estimates that 17 percent of Miami-Dade residents who qualify for the credit aren’t claiming it, according to the United Way.
Miami-Dade County Commission Chairman Jean Monestime and United Way president and CEO Harve Mogul will hold a news conference at 10:15 a.m. Friday to discuss new initiatives that will encourage financial stability and planning for local residents. The meeting will be held in the Miami-Dade County Commission Chambers at Government Center, 111 NW First St., Miami.
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Volunteers will be on hand afterward to help qualifying residents with their taxes.
Those eligible for assistance include people who make less than $54,000 per year, people with disabilities, seniors 60 and older, and non-English speakers. About 80 percent of Miami-Dade residents qualify under those guidelines.
Last year, the free tax program helped Miami-Dade residents receive more than $11.3 million in refunds and save more than $1.5 million in tax preparation fees, according to the United Way.
A list of sites where free help is available can be found at: https://www.irs.gov/Individuals/Free-Tax-Return-Preparation-for-You-by-Volunteers.