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Money Matters: Free Tax Help Event

Arkansans who qualify will be able to get free tax help at an event February 1.
(News Release) - Imagine the difference an additional $3,000 or more in federal tax credits could make in the life of a low-income family working in Arkansas. These extra dollars could be used to purchase groceries, provide school tuition or help pay bills.

Entergy Arkansas has partnered with the Arkansas Workforce Center to help qualifying residents secure their share of these refunds by raising awareness of Earned Income Tax Credits and supporting Volunteer Income Tax Assistance free tax preparation sites in local communities. Based on income and the number of children in the household, qualifying working families could receive up to $6,000 through EITC.

While approximately 400,000 Arkansas families that earn less than $52,000 annually qualify for EITC, the Internal Revenue Service said many individuals who are eligible are not claiming the credit on their tax returns. In Arkansas alone, almost $190 million of these federal tax credits are going unclaimed.

Super Saturday will be February 1. The event will take place from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Arkansas Workforce Center located at 5401 S. University Avenue. While reservations are not required, those wishing to secure a time may call 501-682-7719. Free tax help to those who qualify will also be available at dozens of locations throughout Little Rock and the state until Tax Day on April 15. Visit www.eitclocations.com/ to find a listing of locations for IRS-certified volunteer help.

“Entergy’s committed to helping our low-income customers achieve self-sufficiency and take advantage of the Earned Income Tax Credit,” said Tom Kennedy, vice president of public affairs, Entergy Arkansas, Inc. Entergy’s support of the effort to raise awareness of EITC and assistance to local VITA sites in 2013 helped return $25 million to residents in local communities. Entergy Arkansas provides electricity to approximately 700,000 customers in 63 counties. Entergy Arkansas is a subsidiary of Entergy Corporation, an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, including more than 10,000 megawatts of nuclear power, making it one of the nation’s leading nuclear generators. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.8 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of more than $10 billion and approximately 15,000 employees.

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