Mayor Walsh and community partners
kick off tax season
Offer eligible working families
assistance with tax prep and identifying tax credits
(BOSTON, February 11, 2014)– Mayor Martin J. Walsh and a coalition
of community and business partners kicked off the 2014 Boston Earned
Income Tax Credit (EITC) campaign and celebrated the opening of 24
community-based tax preparation centers.
The centers, open now through April, will
assist low- and moderate-income families with filing their taxes and
identifying their eligibility for the Earned Income Tax Credit
(EITC), an often-overlooked federal and state income tax credit.
"What this is all about is helping people move out of poverty and
build up wealth. We have to make sure Boston is a city where
everyone can climb the economic ladder to success," said Mayor
Walsh. "The EITC Campaign is important part of our plan to make sure
everyone in Boston shares in our economic growth. My message to all
Bostonians is: Get your taxes done for free at one of our sites
across Boston so you can put some money back into your pocket for
you and your families."
The Boston EITC campaign is being supported by community and
business partners, including the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood
Center, Boston Federal Reserve Bank, Work INC, Action for Boston
Community Development, Boston Housing Authority, Greater Boston
Legal Services, 1199SEIU, Codman Square Health Center, Dorchester
House, and more.
At the tax centers, community partners
provide free tax preparation and asset-building services staffed
with IRS-certified community and business volunteers.
Families, individuals and seniors who meet certain financial
guidelines are eligible for the following tax credits:
Households that earned up to $46,227 ($51,567 married filing
jointly) with three or more qualifying children may receive up to
Families who earned up to $43,038 ($48,378 married filing jointly)
with two qualifying children, may earn up to $6,178.
Anyone earning up to $37,870 ($43,210 married filing jointly) with
one qualifying child, may receive as much as $3,738.
A taxpayer without children who earned up to $14,340 ($19,680
married filing jointly) with no qualifying children can receive up
Senior citizens may be eligible to receive up to an additional
$1,030 from the State of Massachusetts through the “Circuit Breaker
Tax Credit.” This credit is available to all eligible seniors who
pay unsubsidized rent or property taxes and is retroactive for three
years. The “Circuit Breaker” offers a tremendous financial
opportunity for those who qualify. It is important to note that
seniors must file a tax return in order to receive the Circuit
Free Tax-Preparation Sites:
To find a FREE tax preparation site near you visit
www.bostontaxhelp.org or call 617-918-5259. You can also go to
www.bostonabcd.org or call 617-348-6583, visit the Mass Cash Back
http://masscashback.ehs.state.ma.us/, or visit
http://irs.treasury.gov/freetaxprep. Other statewide resources
can be seen at www.MassSaves.org.
Source: Mayor's Offfice, City of