TYLER, Texas (KETK) — Goodwill Industries of East Texas celebrated their 18th annual Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Awareness Day on Friday to encourage people to use free tax filing services.
The Tyler Mayor, Don Warren, proclaimed Jan. 26 as East Texas EITC Day at Goodwill’s downtown Tyler office where they kicked off EITC Awareness Day, “Let’s Taco’bout Taxes” to share knowledge about the benefits to the community while enjoying tacos.
The day aims to encourage local governments and community organizations to bring attention to the EITC and opportunities for free tax filing services through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance programs using GetYourRefund.org.
Since 2017, Goodwill Industries of East Texas volunteers have completed over 1,700 returns for community members.
“For individuals and families with an already low income, not having to pay someone to do their taxes eases the financial burden tax season often brings to them. They can save the money they would have spent on tax preparation or invest it right back into our community,” Director of Finance, Misty Davis, said.
Individuals can see returns as high as $7,430, depending on the number of children in their family and their income level.
Anyone interested in joining Goodwill’s EITC Awareness Day initiative and learn more about VITA can visit Goodwill Industries of East Texas.