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WHO: Representative Yolly Roberson, County Commissioner Natacha Seijas and other elected officials (Congressman Kendrick Meek and Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink invited) join the Human Services Coalition in launching this year's free tax preparation and Earned Income Tax Credit public awareness campaign through the Prosperity Campaign.

What: The Prosperity Campaign is an initiative of the Human Services Coalition that connects low-wage workers to existing economic benefits programs such as the Earned Income Tax Credit. It also seeks to provide individuals and families with benefits and financial literacy programs that will help them improve their standard of living and the community's economic stability.

Why: Local leaders want to help the county's low- and moderate-income families save money and move ahead. Several changes have been made to EITC this year due to the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA), including the fact that taxpayers are now able to claim a third qualifying child. People can receive up to $5,657 on EITC this year. The credit is available to households earning less than $43,279 ($48,279 if married filing jointly) with one or more children; smaller credits are available to those with no children. Find out more at www.prosperitycampaign.org or call 311. County helpline operators will direct callers to one of the more than 70 free tax prep sites in the county. Tax preparers will be on site to file returns for Don Shula employees who qualify.

When: Friday, January 29th 10 – 12 noon

Where: Don Shula Hotel

6842 Main Street/Miami Lakes, FL 33014

Program:

I. Welcome

II. CFO Alex Sink (invited)

III. Representative Yoly Roberson

IV . Commissioner Natacha Seijas

V. Debit Card Update – SunTrust Bank

VI. Don Shula Representative

VII. EITC Recipient

VIII. Closing

 

Prosperity Campaign Funders: Local and national funders help make the Prosperity

Campaign possible. They include: Wachovia - A Wells Fargo Company, The Ford Foundation, the Families and Work Institute, The Children's Trust, Miami-Dade County, Citi, Don Shula Hotels, Marriott International, Mercantil Commercebank, HSBC Bank, Bank of America, Great Florida Bank, SunTrust, BankUnited and City National Bank.

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