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Community Tax Centers and EITC

It is important to create or expand community tax centers and access to free tax preparation assistance so that all regions of Texas are served. In 2014, community tax center programs in Texas prepared over 140,000 returns resulting in over $98 million in Earned Income Tax Credits, and almost $250 million in refunds to hard working families. The free tax preparation services also saved participants over $10 million in fees that tax preparers would charge them for their services. There are over 250 VITA sites in Texas, located in over 60 counties throughout the state. In order to reach more Texans, community tax centers need support from public and private entities.

This campaign’s 2015 policy agenda will focus on creating state public policy to support and expand community tax centers across the state and increase the current products and programs.

Bill Introduced During the 84th Legislative Session:

HB 322 Rep. Farias
Relating to the regulation of persons who facilitate the issuance of tax refund anticipation checks.

Considered in a public hearing in the Investments & Financial Services Committee on April 15, 2015, and the bill was left pending.

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