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Beshear Urges More Kentuckians to Apply for EITC

 From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh

Governor Steve Beshear wants more Kentuckians to apply for the federal Earned Income Tax Credit. Beshear says 20-percent of eligible Kentuckians are NOT applying for the credit, which benefits low and middle-income individuals and families.

He says 200 free tax preparation sites have been established in 90 Kentucky counties.

“So I encourage citizens to go to assistance.ky.gov or call that toll-free number, 877-566-4968, to learn more about the EITC and the tax preparation sites and receive help with those overwhelming tax forms free of charge,” says Beshear.

Beshear says the tax preparation sites, staffed by volunteers, will operate between mid-January and February 1st.

He says counties without sites are adjacent to counties with sites. Workers who earn up to 41-thousand dollars may be eligible for the tax credit, which can be as high as almost five thousand dollars.