United Way and Entergy volunteers help residents claim Earned Income Tax Credit
JACKSON, Miss. – Entergy Mississippi, Inc. and United Way are helping working families who qualify for the federal Earned Income Tax Credit receive average refunds of $2,500 or more through Super Tax Day events presented by Entergy at local Volunteer Income Tax Assistance sites.
On January 31 in Jackson and Tunica, and throughout tax season at local VITA sites, volunteers certified by the Internal Revenue Service will help residents determine if they qualify for EITC and provide free tax preparation. The program benefits families or individuals earning $52,400 or less in 2014. For a list of VITA sites, visit entergy.com/eitc.
While some 476,000 Mississippians qualify annually for EITC, each year as many as 70,450 don’t claim credits valued to be as high as $190.5 million. Based on income and the number of children in the household, qualifying working families can receive as much as $6,000.
Entergy’s support of Super Tax Days in the four states the utility serves – Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas – has resulted in approximately 58,000 customers receiving $100 million through the EITC program since 2009. Entergy’s Super Tax Day initiative has been recognized by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation as the nation’s best economic empowerment program.
“Through our Super Tax Day initiative, we are supporting Entergy’s commitment to poverty solutions, which in turn helps grow our local economies,” said Amy Davidson, Entergy Mississippi customer service specialist. “Families use the tax credits they’ve earned to meet immediate needs like utility bills and groceries, as well as make long-term investments such as education tuition or a down payment on a home.”
Residents can also file using the website MyFreeTaxes.com. Learn more about Entergy’s support of Super Tax Days at entergy.com/eitc.
Entergy Mississippi, Inc. provides electricity to approximately 441,000 customers in 45 counties. It is a subsidiary of Entergy Corporation. Entergy Corporation is 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, making it one of the nation’s leading nuclear generators. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.8 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of more than $11 billion and approximately 14,000 employees.