(l-r) Mayor Freeman-Wilson, Myer Blank of True Partners Consulting, Shanta Belyeu and Vanessa Allen of the Urban League of NWI address questions during the press conference on the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). [Photo provided]
Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson joined representatives from the Urban League of Northwest Indiana, Former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley’s Office, the University of Chicago, and True Partners Consulting Tuesday to discuss assisting residents in claiming money they are entitled to through the Earned Income Tax Credit – an amount the city says could potentially represent millions of dollars. In addition to daily tax assistance the Urban League of Northwest Indiana will provide at their office in Gary, two “Super Saturdays” have been scheduled for February 9th and 16th at the Genesis Convention Center in Gary from 9 to noon.
Students from the University of Chicago will assist at the Super Saturdays by serving as greeters and checking residents in for the tax prep sessions. Interested Gary residents who meet the income requirements need to call the Urban League to make an appointment for a Super Saturday.
City of Gary News Release Jan 08 2013:
Gary, IN – Earlier today, Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson joined representatives from the Urban League of NWI, Former Mayor Richard M. Daley’s Office, the University of Chicago, and True Partners Consulting to discuss returning potentially millions of dollars to the citizens of Gary through the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).
By applying for the EITC, households with three or more children, earning less than $50,270 can receive up to $5,891 in refunds. The City of Gary will be partnering with the Urban League of NWI to assist residents in claiming money that is rightfully theirs.
In addition to the daily tax assistance that the Urban League of NWI will provide at their office at 3101 Broadway in Gary, two “Super Saturdays” have been scheduled for Feb. 9th and 16th at the Genesis Convention Center in Gary from 9:00a.m. – 12:00p.m.
“This is an opportunity for Gary residents who work during the week to make an appointment and come have their taxes prepared on a Saturday,” said Freeman-Wilson.
Students from the University of Chicago will assist in the Super Saturdays by serving as greeters and checking residents in for the tax preparation sessions. Gary residents who meet the income requirements, should call the Urban League at (219) 980-2093 to make an appointment to have their taxes prepared. Only those who have made an appointment will be accommodated during the Super Saturdays.
“During these hard financial times, it’s important that our citizens are made aware of the dollars that belong to them,” said Mayor Freeman-Wilson. “We also hope that those we get sizable returns will opt to shop in Gary and give the economy a boost.”
The Urban League of NWI is also looking for volunteers to help with tax preparation. A training will be held at the Urban League office Saturday, Jan. 12 at 12:00p.m. Call (219) 980-2093 for more details.