Company teams with EITC Coalition to provide free tax prep
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – On Super Bowl weekend, Entergy Arkansas and the EITC Coalition volunteers are kicking off the tax season by making sure the big winners are local customers who claim their Earned Income Tax Credit.
On Super Tax Day, scheduled for Feb. 4 in Little Rock at the Arkansas State Fairgrounds Arts & Crafts Building, Entergy Arkansas and the EITC Coalition are providing free tax preparation for working families. In addition to tax preparation assistance, Entergy’s local community partners are also offering a number of programs designed to help families use tax refunds to increase savings and financial well-being. Programs such as financial coaching, budget workshops, free legal services, healthy food and lifestyle choices and matched savings accounts for qualified families are some of the many services offered at Super Tax Day.
“Providing assistance in securing Earned Income Tax Credits through Super Tax Day events helps our customers and our communities,” said Oscar Washington, Entergy Arkansas vice president of customer service. “New tools and programs mean Entergy’s Super Tax Day events have long-term benefits that help power customers’ lives now and in the future,” said Washington.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance sites, also known as VITA sites, are generally located at community and neighborhood centers, libraries, schools, shopping malls and other convenient locations.
Entergy’s support of the VITA program in the four states the utility serves – Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas – has resulted in approximately 93,000 customers receiving $162 million through the EITC program since 2011. In Arkansas more than 18,000 tax returns for EITC have been filed resulting in $28.8 million in EITC tax credit results being delivered to Arkansas residents since Entergy Arkansas launched the program by partnering with local advocates six years ago.
If you are unable to attend Super Saturday, there’s help in a town near you that offers the IRS-certified VITA sites and volunteers to help you. Visit entergy.com/freetaxhelp.
Entergy Arkansas provides electricity to approximately 700,000 customers in 63 counties. Entergy Arkansas is a subsidiary of Entergy Corporation, an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, including nearly 10,000 megawatts of nuclear power. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.8 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of approximately $11.5 billion and more than 13,000 employees.