United Way offers free tax filing for low income families

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Mayor Villaraigosa joins United Way of Greater Los Angeles President & CEO Elise Buik to launch the 2011 Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Program.

Tax time is coming and you may be able to get your returns done for free, thanks to the United Way.

They’ve set up volunteer centers across the country for low and middle income people who need help with their forms.

They also want to get the word out about the Earned Income Tax Credit, something many people overlook that could nevertheless save them thousands of dollars.

"We estimate that last year, we left about $300 million on the table," said Elise Buik, head of United Way of Greater Los Angeles. "We want to bring that money from D.C. to Los Angeles. It helps our economy, and more importantly, it helps families at a time when they’re struggling."

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