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PRESS RELEASE FROM SEN. EDDIE LUCIO, JR.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
CONTACT: Doris Sanchez, Press Secretary
Phone: (512) 463-0385

Sen. Lucio Reminds South Texans of Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Refunds

AUSTIN, TX -- Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr. is encouraging all eligible South Texas taxpayers to file their Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) claims to benefit them, their families and our state's economy.

"Every year the federal EITC adds billion of dollars into the Texas economy, helping businesses and increasing the incomes of millions of Texas workers and their families," said Sen. Lucio. "Those who are entitled to this refund on their income taxes by the federal government should by all means sign up."

A family who earned less than $39,783 in 2007 may be eligible. Last year, more than 2 million families in Texas claimed the EITC and received a total of almost $4.7 billion in refunds. That is an average of $2,151 per household. Those who expect to qualify can also sign up for the EITC at work and receive part of the credit in each paycheck, instead of receiving a tax refund.

"I strongly encourage every family in Senatorial District 27 and throughout the state to inquire about and submit claims if eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit refund," added Sen. Lucio.

For more information, taxpayers can log onto the Comptroller's Web site at www.window.state.tx.us/taxinfo/eitc/, or call the IRS at (800) 829-1040. To apply online log onto http://www.irs.gov/efile/article/0,,id=118986,00.html.

For a list of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance locations, log onto http://www.uwtexas.org/data/docs/Texas_Tax_Preparation_Sites.pdf

Some of our local Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) places to obtain assistance are the following:

Comm Dev Corp of Brownsville
901 East Levee St
Brownsville
CAMERON
1/17/2008
4/10/2008
VITA
UT Brownsville & TSC
80 Fort Brown
Brownsville
CAMERON
2/2/2008
4/15/2008
VITA
(956) 548-6574
Public Utilities of Brownsville
1425 Robin Hood Drive
BROWNSVILLE
CAMERON
1/29/2008
3/4/2008
VITA
City of Harlingen VITA Site
502 E. Tyler
Harlingen
CAMERON
1/14/2008
2/15/2008
VITA
(956) 216-5180
Harlingen Public Library
410 76 DR
HARLINGEN
CAMERON
2/1/2008
4/15/2008
AARP Tax-Aide
(956) 412-8302
PALM VIEW COMMUNITY CENTER
3401 JORDAN RD
MCALLEN
HIDALGO
2/1/2008
4/15/2008
AARP Tax-Aide
(956) 631-8684
Whipple Memorial Library
402 W. Ocean Blvd.
Los Fresnos
CAMERON
1/23/2008
2/27/2008
VITA
(956) 233-5330
Palmview Comm Ctr VITA Site
3401 Jordan Ave
McAllen
HIDALGO
1/14/2008
4/12/2008
VITA
Port Isabel Public Library
213 N. Yturria
Port Isabel
CAMERON
1/21/2008
2/25/2008
VITA
SPEER MEMORIAL LIBRARY
801 E 12TH ST
MISSION
HIDALGO
2/1/2008
4/15/2008
AARP Tax-Aide
(956) 583-1126
START Center
743 North Sam Houston Blvd
San Benito
CAMERON
1/22/2008
4/15/2008
VITA
(956) 399-7818
PSJA ISD VITA Site
700 W. Ridge Rd.
SAN JUAN
HIDALGO
1/15/2008
4/12/2008
VITA
DONNA PUBLIC LIBRARY
301 S MAIN ST
DONNA
HIDALGO
2/1/2008
4/15/2008
AARP Tax-Aide
(956) 464-4302
TEXAS STATE BANK
500 S MISSOURI AVE
WESLACO
HIDALGO
2/1/2008
4/15/2008
AARP Tax-Aide
(956) 464-4302
LARK COMMUNITY CENTER
2601 LARK AVE
MCALLEN
HIDALGO
2/1/2008
4/15/2008
AARP Tax-Aide
(956) 519-1267
KLEBERG BANK
4211 AYERS ST
CORPUS CHRISTI
NUECES
2/1/2008
4/15/2008
AARP Tax-Aide

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