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County Offers Tax Help for Low-Middle Income Folk

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Westchester has set up six income tax filing stations to help low and moderate-income residents take advantage of all the tax credits they're eligible for.

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) estimates that thousands of eligible Westchester residents fail to apply to credits for the federal and state Earned Income Tax Credits because they're unaware of the credits or don't have the appropriate forms, according to County Executive Robert Astorino.

"Last year, the county helped 4,989 residents get income tax refunds of about $6.7 million, including $2.4 million in tax credits,” Astorino, a Republican, said in a press release. “Beyond the money it brings to these residents and their families, this put money back into our local economy. I am hoping we can do at least as well this year."

Families with household incomes below $50,000 are invited to take advantage of free tax filing assistance through April 17. Individuals who want to find out if they qualify for the federal and state Earned Income Tax Credits, which can save residents up to $7,649, should call the United Way's 2-1-1 help line.

Single Stop USA, a non-profit agency that offers financial counseling and services for community college students, provided a $50,000 grant to help run a tax filing station at Westchester Community College's Valhalla campus. Westchester Community College students should call (914) 606-6709 to schedule an appointment.

Other tax filing stations include 138 Spring St. in Ossining, 120 Bloomingdale Road in White Plains, 26 S. Broadway in Yonkers, 100 E. First St. in Mount Vernon and 55 Bank St. in Peekskill.

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