VITA: Retake Money from the Government to Give to the Poor
If you earned less than $38,348 , you
might qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit
(EITC) — money the government gives away.
Something like a quarter of those who qualify fail to apply, which is a shame,
since I’m sure they could spend the money more wisely than Congress.
If you want to help other people apply for the credit, you can easily become
a volunteer tax preparer for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance
(VITA) program — the
train you free-of-charge and you don’t need any prior experience in tax
preparation. This will be .
I helped 17 households take back $20,404 from the
Alas, as far as I can tell, there’s no central on-line resource that can point
you to VITA volunteer opportunities in your
area. You might try
googling or you can call the
1‒800‒829‒1040 to find out about nearby sites.
As you may have heard, ExxonMobil, favorite
bête noir of environmentalists and
anti-corporate activists everywhere, posted a $39,500,000,000 profit last
year — the biggest ever by a
What you may not have heard, but that
the Tax Foundation
points out, is that as big as that pile of loot was — the federal
government’s take was even bigger: 2½ times bigger. ExxonMobil paid over $100
billion to Uncle Sam last year.
Makes you wonder who’s really gouging at the pump and who’s really making the
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