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星期三, 1月 27, 2016

MAYOR WALSH AND UNITED WAY KICK OFF 2016 BOSTON TAX HELP SEASON

MAYOR WALSH AND UNITED WAY KICK OFF 2016 BOSTON TAX HELP SEASON AT ROXBURY CENTER FOR FINANCIAL EMPOWERMENT 
Coalition, now in 15th year, has helped put $215 million back into residents' pockets
Boston - Wednesday, January 27, 2016 - This Friday, Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Michael Durkin, CEO of the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, will join partner organizations and volunteers to celebrate the launch of this year's Boston Tax Help season at the Roxbury Center for Financial Empowerment. The event, which coincides with National Earned Income Tax Credit Day, will mark the opening of 35 free neighborhood tax preparation sites across Boston.
 
The Boston Tax Help Coalition
 
In addition to providing low- to moderate-income residents with free tax preparation in seven languages besides English, Boston Tax Help sites will also offer taxpayers several asset-building services in line with Mayor Walsh's financial empowerment agenda. Many of the sites will provide taxpayers with the opportunity to open a savings account, allowing participants in the program to directly deposit a portion of their refunds into savings. The Coalition will also offer free public benefits screenings and on-site credit advising services.
 
Boston Tax Help sites is available online
 
Mayor Walsh and the Office of Workforce Development advocated for an increase in the state's Earned Income Tax Credit last year, and in August Governor Baker signed a bill to extend the maximum state credit from $951 to $1,459 for eligible residents. The change is expected to benefit over 400,000 working individuals and families in Massachusetts, including up to 75,000 in Boston alone.
 
The Boston Tax Help Coalition is a signature program of the Mayor's Office of Financial Empowerment, part of the Office of Workforce Development, which is an affiliate of the Boston Redevelopment Authority.