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Free Tax Help Available for Working Families

Friday January 28, 2011

Many May Overlook Valuable Tax Credit and Free Tax Services

More workers could be eligible for a special tax credit and free tax services this year and not know it. As a result, they may overlook claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit, or EITC, which can put up to $5,666 into their pockets.

Households earning $49,000 Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) in 2010 qualify for LABC free tax services and may qualify for the EITC. Eligibility for the refundable tax credit is determined by family size and income.

"People move into and out of EITC eligibility based on changes in their earnings, their parental status, or their marital status," explains Eric Seto, Executive Director of the Louisville Asset Building Coalition. “Many people will qualify for EITC and free tax services for the first time this year due to changes in their incomes.”

Comprised of 90 community partners, the Louisville Asset Building Coalition works with the IRS to provide Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) at 20 locations throughout Louisville. Tax returns are prepared by IRS-trained and certified volunteers.

"With the help of the coalition, more than 40,000 hardworking individuals and families in our community have received tax refund totaling over $53 million since 2001," says Mayor Greg Fischer. "We know that one in five eligible filers do not claim this federal credit. This year our goal is for every eligible worker in our hometown to receive the credit they have earned."

Ben Richmond, Louisville Urban League President, has seen the difference EITC and free tax services can make in the lives of hardworking individuals and families.

“As one of the longest running Free Tax Sites in Louisville, we have seen firsthand, the thousands of families impacted each year through this program,” says Richmond. “We help working families improve their financial well-being by making sure they claim earned income tax credits, allowing them to receive a larger tax return.”

Louisville Asset Building Coalition free tax service locations provide filers with access to financial products to avoid payday loans and high checking fees. Partnership with local banking institutions offer free check cashing, pre-paid deposit cards, and free or low-cost checking and savings accounts options. Filers may also request pre-screening for federal and state benefit qualification.

This year several free tax locations will provide self-service labs. Filers with an e-mail account may complete their own return using lab computers. Volunteer staff will be available to help during the process.

"We believe in growing better futures," says Seto. "Everyone should have access to opportunities to be financially successful and economically stable."


In partnership with the IRS, the Louisville Asset Building Coalition ensures working families and individuals maximize their tax benefits, receive quality tax preparation services, and gain access to asset-building opportunities. LABC receives support and funding from Metro United Way, Louisville Metro Government, and other partners.

Days and times of operation subject to change. Please call to confirm. Updated as of 1/28/2011

810 Barrett Neighborhood Place2
810 Barrett Avenue
Louisville, KY 40204
Opens February 2
Wed: 2-4:30 pm

Americana Community Center1,2
4801 Southside Drive
Louisville, KY 40214
Opens January 22
Wed: 5:30-8 pm
Sat: 9 am-3 pm

Bates Community Development Center1,2
1228 S. Jackson Street
Louisville, KY 40203
Opens January 24
Mon: 12-7:00 pm

Bridges of Hope Neighborhood Place2
1411 Algonquin Place
Louisville, KY 40210
Opens February 2
Wed: 10 am-3 pm

Bellarmine University2
For Students, Faculty, and Staff Only
2001 Newburg Road
Louisville, KY 40205
Opens February 2
Hours of Operation Varies

Volunteer Free Tax Assistance (VITA) location

2 Free self-service location

3Free Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE)

Cane Run Neighborhood Place2
Farnsley Middle School
3400 Lees Lane
Louisville, KY 40216
502.485.6810 or 502.448.9799
Opens February 3
Thursdays, 6-8 pm

Catholic Charities1,2
2911 South 4th Street
Louisville, KY 40208
Opens January 22
Thurs: 4-8 pm
Saturday:10 am-2 pm

Center for Accessible Living1
For Disabled Individuals Only
305 W. Broadway
Fincastle Building
Louisville, KY 40202
By appointment only. American Sign Language available.

First Neighborhood Place2
Thomas Jefferson Middle School
1503 Rangeland Road
Louisville, KY 40219
Opens February 4
Fri: 1-5 pm

Louisville Central Community Center1,2
1300 W Muhammad Ali Blvd
Louisville, KY 40203
Opens January 25
Tues and Thurs:11:30am-6 pm

Louisville Urban League1,2
1535 W. Broadway
Louisville, KY 40203
Opens January 19
Mon and Wed:12-7 pm
Sat: 9 am-4 pm

Portland Promise Center1,2
1831 Baird Street
Louisville, KY 40203
Opens January 14
Mon: 6:30-9 pm
Wed, Thurs, Fri: 9 am-1 pm
Wed and Friday: 6:30-9 pm
Sat: 9 am-6 pm

Presbyterian Community Center1
701 South Hancock Street
Louisville, KY 40203
502.584.0201 ext 107
Opens February 3
Tues: 5:30-8:30 pm
Sat: 10:30 am-2:30 pm

Volunteer Free Tax Assistance (VITA) location

2 Free self-service location

3Free Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE)

St. Anthony1,2
2235 W. Market Street
Louisville, KY 40212
Opens January 24
Mon: 3-7 pm
Wed: 3-7 pm (Self-file Only)

Sun Valley Community Center 3
6505 Bethany Lane
Louisville, KY 40272
Opens January 18
Tues & Thurs: 9:30 am-7:00 pm

Wed: 9:30 am-4:30 pm

Fri: 10 am-3 pm
Sat: 10.30 am-1.30 pm

University of Louisville1,2
For Students Only
Location TBA
Opening Date TBA
Student ID Required

Wesley House Community1
5114 Preston Highway
Louisville, KY 40213
Opens January 22

Thurs: 10 am – 3 pm
Fri and Sat: 10 am-3 pm