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CFO Sink Reminds Tax Filers to Ask About EITC

4/14/2010

CONTACT: Kevin Cate or Nina Banister, (850) 413-2842

10,000 Floridians may be eligible for an estimated $15 million in credits
 
TALLAHASSEE –Florida CFO Alex Sink reminds Florida taxpayers to file their taxes by midnight Thursday and, if they haven’t already, to find out if they may be one of the estimated 10,000 Floridians who qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), a federal tax credit for low-income working individuals and families.  Eligible Floridians are due back an estimated $15 million, on top of what they already may be claiming on their taxes. 
 
“I want every single taxpayer who is eligible for this money to get what they are owed,” CFO Sink said.   “This extra money can make a big difference for Florida’s hard-working families, and the money is simply waiting to be claimed.”
 
The EITC helps taxpayers whose incomes are below $40,295 for families with two or more qualifying children, $35,463 for individuals with one qualifying child and $13,440 for individuals who have no qualifying children.  Floridians can visit http://www.eitc.irs.gov to find out more about the tax credit and determine if they qualify. There are many free tax preparation sites throughout Florida.  To find the nearest free tax assistance site, call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040.
 
CFO Sink also encourages Floridians to claim any undelivered tax refunds.  In Florida, the average undelivered refund is $1,538, and some taxpayers may be due more than one check.  Taxpayers can find out if they have an undeliverable refund at http://www.irs.gov, then click on “Where’s My Refund.”