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United Way Helps New Yorker's with Tax Preparations

Need some help with your taxes? The United Way is offering assistance. If you're a New York State taxpayer and have a household income of under $58,000 you can dial 2-1-1 to call the United Way and set up an appointment.

You'll get help from Binghamton University students who will be supervised by IRS trained staff members.

Program leaders say one big reason they're offering the program is that a lot of lower-income people are eligible for the earned income tax credit.

"You can qualify for the Earned Income Credit without kids. We want to help them get as much as they can back so that they can use it. And so you could have $12,000 in income and get $6,000 in Earned Income Credit if you have one child or elderly get a larger refund," said Tanya DiGennaro, Finance Director at the United Way of Broome County.

The United Way is also offering a program that would allow anyone to come by and use tax prep software to prepare their own taxes, with help available from IRS trained staff. To learn more about the United Way's tax prep programs call 2-1-1.

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