Low-income residents who have a job are being urged to get free tax help so they can collect their Earned Income Tax Credit, a federal subsidy delivered through income tax returns that’s designed to make work pay.
United Way offices in Erie and Ottawa counties offer help to people who need it.
U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, who crusades every year to make Ohioans aware of the EITC, said thousands of Ohioans who qualify for the money each year don’t get it because they failed to apply.
Last year, Brown said more than 950,000 Ohioans collected $2.1 billion from the tax credit. In 2011, the average EITC family claimed a credit of $2,200, Brown said.
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