Second annual 2-day “Taxathon,”expected return of $700,000 in tax refunds

Media Advisory/Photo-op

Contacts:
Taylor Putz, Prepare + Prosper, 651-262-2160, taylor@prepareandprosper.org
Marsha Pitts-Phillips, Greater Twin Cities United Way, 612-340-7401, Marsha.Pitts-Phillips@gtcuw.org

Second annual 2-day “Taxathon,”expected return of $700,000 in tax refund

Prepare + Prosper launches tax season with 24-hour free tax prep to result in taxpayers ‘claiming’ Earned Income Tax Credit and Minnesota Working Family Credit

WHAT: Prepare + Prosper holds second marathon tax preparation “Taxathon” at peak of tax season for low-income individuals and families as part of the Claim It! campaign. Volunteers will provide free tax and financial services to hundreds in two-day push expected to result in more than $700,000 dollars in “claimed” tax credits, including the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Working Family Credit. Claim It! is funded by Greater Twin Cities United Way.

WHEN:
Friday, February 3, 2017 (Day 1)

8:45 a.m. – 8:59 a.m. – Program including countdown to Taxathon with leaders from Greater Twin Cities United Way, Minnesota Department of Revenue, and Prepare + Prosper along with volunteers and tax filers.

9:00 a.m. Friday – 1:00 a.m. Saturday – Taxathon kick-off – Volunteer tax preparers work for 16 hours

Saturday, February 4, 2017 (Day 2)
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Taxathon volunteer tax prep continues for eight hours

WHERE: Prepare + Prosper (located in the Court West Building)
2610 University Ave. W., Lower Level
St. Paul, MN 55114

MORE: Interview opportunities with volunteer tax preparers, taxpayers, and leadership. Follow Prepare + Prosper (@PrepareProsper) and Greater Twin Cities United Way (@UnitedWayTC, #huMNkind) on Twitter using the hashtag #taxathon.

About Claim it! –Claim it!, managed by Prepare + Prosper and funded by Greater Twin Cities United Way, is a statewide public awareness campaign to promote the Earned Income Tax Credit and free tax preparation for hardworking Minnesotans. For more information, call 651-262-2160.

About Prepare + Prosper – Prepare + Prosper is a nonprofit focused on financial capability for low-income households. It provides free tax preparation and financial services and products; builds the capacity of other organizations providing these services; and works to advance policies and practices that directly benefit the people it serves. In 2016, 575 volunteers prepared taxes for 13,461 taxpayers who received $25.3 million in refunds; 1,231 of those taxpayers committed to saving $1.9 million of their refunds.

About Greater Twin Cities United Way – Ranked as Minnesota’s largest nongovernmental social services funder, United Way connects people and resources within our community to challenge and change systems—like Minnesota’s education and jobs gap—that limit our potential. Our mission is to unite caring people to build pathways out of poverty, thereby improving individual lives and the community. Learn more at https://www.gtcuw.org/ and about our 24-hour, statewide, multilingual information and referral service, United Way 2-1-1 at http://www.211unitedway.org/. Greater Twin Cities United Way serves Anoka, Carver, Chisago, Dakota, Hennepin, Isanti, Ramsey, Scott and western Washington counties. For more information call (612) 340-7400

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