One out of five eligible taxpayers last year did not claim a valuable deduction on their income taxes.
Friday was EITC Awareness Day.
That's short for "earned income tax credit", and, beginning next Thursday, eligible taxpayers can begin filing returns with EITC deductions.
Last year, the average earned income tax deduction was more than $2,000.
"The cutoff earned income amount for this year is $50,273," says Rose Kinney, Operations Manager for Wood County Community Resources, and Outreach Manager for the Earned Income Tax Coalition. "The credit can range from $2 up to $5,800, depending on whether you're single or married, how many children you have in the household, and the dollar amount you earned."
Community Resources will begin on February first opening sites to help eligible taxpayers with their returns.
The Wood County service office will be open for tax filers Tuesday and Thursday by appointment.
The Vienna Library will have assistance on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings from 10 AM-1 PM.
And the Wesbanco location at Gihon Village will have assistance from 1:00-3:30 Wednesday afternoons.
The Vienna and South Parkersburg locations are walk-in sites, but the Wood County Service Office is by appointment only.
For more information or an appointment, you can contact them at area code 304-485-5525.