"Earn It Keep It Save It" is a community project of United Way of Southern Nevada. The collaborative provides low to moderate income families and individuals with free, quality tax return preparation and financial education. We provide free tax assistance to those with household incomes below $51,000 in 2012. We also ensure eligible taxpayers claim the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) which can amount to as much as $5,891 per family. The EITC is a sliding scale credit available to working taxpayers. Other tax credits families may be eligible for are the Child Tax Credit, Education Credits and Retirement Savings Contribution credits.
Across southern Nevada at more than 35 free tax sites, over 500 IRS-certified tax preparers are available to help individuals and families claim their maximum benefit and refund. Volunteers from all walks of life engage in their local communities to help us meet the task of processing over 5,000 tax returns.
We estimate that between 20% and 25% of EITC eligible tax filers are not receiving this credit. These substantial tax credits can be the first step in helping families meet their every day needs, as well as save toward assets such as higher education, a first home or a new business.
During the 2012 tax season, "Earn It Keep It Save It" returned $7.1 million in tax refunds to 5,000 local hardworking families, individuals, and to the local economy, including $2.5 million in EITC.