What is “Earn It Keep It Save It” (EKS) and why is it important?

EKSNV_TaxSitesIn concert with United Way of Southern Nevada’s Impact Area of Financial Stability, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program and the Nevada Free Tax Coalition collaborative provides free tax preparation, helping families whose household income is less than $53,000 in 2014 access the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and other federal tax credits. Throughout the 2014-2015 tax season, roughly 20 VITA sites will be open to serve our community. VITA sites are staffed by IRS trained and certified volunteers who prepare tax returns at no cost to qualifying individuals and families. Families earning this credit use their refund for immediate needs, such as rent, food and bill assistance, yet many put their refund into savings for college, a house, or an emergency fund for the long term.

Why are the VITA sites a better alternative than other “free” tax prep places?

United Way and the Nevada Free Tax Coalition, in partnership with the IRS, have been providing high quality free tax preparation services for 7 years now. During tax season, many predatory and “fly-by-night” places offering “free” tax preparation emerge, lacking the right credentials or operating with unethical practices. We offer this service so that individuals and families have access to this benefit, and can build their savings and repay debts so that they can have a more financially stable future. We protect our community from these predatory practices by offering a service that is IRS certified but also allows individuals and families who qualify to claim tax credits that can bolster their return.

icon_piggybank_lrgHow did “Earn It Keep It Save It” impact Southern Nevada in 2013-2014?

  • 7,790 individuals and families received free tax preparation
  • The program saved the community an estimated $1.365 million in preparation and filing fees
  • $10.5 million in refunds was brought back to the community by hundreds of dedicated volunteers
  • Hard-working, low-income families received $3.5 million in EITC
  • Over $7.2 million was brought back in federal tax credits that provided low-income families, seniors and students with a financial boost they desperately needed.

What is the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)?

  • The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is one of the nation’s most effective anti-poverty programs. An EITC refund helps pay the rent, buy groceries, cover utility bills and builds savings for future needs.
  • The EITC is a financial boost for hard-working people, particularly those suffering in a recovering economy. However, many hard-hit families may not even know that this vital credit exists when, in fact, millions of workers will qualify for the EITC for the first time this year.

Nevadans have received an average EITC worth $2,280 for each taxpayer who claimed the credit. The EITC can be worth as much as $6,044 for a family with three children.

See the benefits of United Way’s service in action

Born in the town made famous by “Gone with the Wind,” Kayla is a Georgia girl who moved to Las Vegas last summer to complete her Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree at University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). As a busy student, writer and an aspiring Elvis impersonator, in her spare time Kayla likes to spend time with her English Bulldog named F.I.L.A. or “Forever In Love Atlanta.” Recently, Kayla had a great experience getting her taxes prepared at a United Way Free Volunteer Income Tax Assistance site.

Kayla described the process of getting her taxes prepared as easy. She didn’t have to wait in a line and in thirty minutes the process was completed.“I did a happy dance when I found out I would be receiving a $1,000 refund,” exclaimed Kayla. “I was overjoyed!”. According to Kayla everyone at the site was friendly, honest and courteous and she saved $40 in tax preparation fees. “I hate getting my taxes done and it was incredibly painless,” said Kayla. “It saved me having to stress out about it.”

Kayla was recently awarded a scholarship to study in Spain but lacked the resources to make the trip. Her tax return will help to fund her studies abroad and achieve her aspirations of becoming a creative writing professor.Currently, along with being an MFA student, she teaches first-year undergraduate students at UNLV. At first having a class of 25 young people was overwhelming.

“It took a little bit of time to remember that the best professors who were my mentors, were themselves in the classroom,” explained Kayla. “I teach students how incredible language is and what writing can do. It’s rewarding and exciting to see a class as a whole become critical thinkers who take advantage of the depth and beauty of writing.”

Individuals and families must have a household annual income of $53,000 or less to be eligible for United Way’s “Earn It Keep It Save It” free tax preparation program and can file for tax year 2013 or for years past.

When can I start thinking about filing for the 2014-2015 season?

For more information about the free tax preparation program, please dial 2-1-1.

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Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Sites

If you earned less than $53,000 in 2014, you can receive free tax assistance preparation and e-filing, delivered by IRS-certified volunteers at the following Volunteer Income Tax Assistance sites throughout Clark and Nye Counties. Dates and locations are subject to change. Dial 2-1-1 or visit nvfreetaxes.org for updated information.


College of Southern Nevada
3200 E. Cheyenne Ave.
North Las Vegas, NV 89030
2/03/15 – 4/15/15
Tue. & Thu. from 11:30am-1:30pm

Community Services of Nevada
730 W. Cheyenne Ave. Ste.
North Las Vegas, NV 89030
1/20/15 – 4/15/15
Tue & Thu from 5:30pm-8:30pm
Sat. from 9am-12pm
*By appointment only 702-307-1710

Doolittle Senior Center
1930 N. J Street
Las Vegas, NV 89106
1/27/15 – 4/15/15
Tue – Thu from 9am-1pm
*By appointment only 702-229-6125

Fil-Am Scholarship Foundation @ Seafood City Supermarket
3890 Maryland Pky
Las Vegas, NV 89119
1/24/15 – 4/17/15
Fri & Sat from 1pm-6pm
Sun from 10am-4pm
Walk-ins welcome
Contact 702-802-8159

Fil-Vets Group @ Blvd Mall
3528 S Maryland Pky
Las Vegas, NV 89169
1/23/15 – 4/17/15
Thur – Sat from 1pm-5pm
Walk-ins welcome
Contact 702-367-4144

Gear – Up
1455 E Tropicana Ave. Ste. 650
Las Vegas, NV 89119
1/28/15 – 4/15/15
Sat from 8am-1pm
*By appointment only 702-774-4209

Hermandad Mexicana Transnacional
2915 W Charleston Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89102
1/27/15 – 4/15/15
Tues – Thur from 10am-2pm
*Walk In/Drop off available

178 Westminster Way
Henderson, NV 89115
1/25/15 – 4/15/15
Fri from 10am-6pm
Sat from 9am-5pm
*By appointment only
Contact 702-327-7855 or 702-566-0576

Las Vegas Urban League
3575 W. Cheyenne Ave., Ste. 101
N. Las Vegas, NV 89032
1/23/15 – 4/15/15
Fri from 12pm-4pm
Sat from 9am-3pm
Walk-ins Welcome
702-636-3949 EXT 142

Latin Chamber of Commerce
300 N. 13th St.
Las Vegas, NV 89101
1/25/15 – 4/30/15
Mon.-Fri. from 3pm-8pm
Walk-ins welcome

Lutheran Social Services
73 Spectrum
Las Vegas, NV 89101
1/26/15 – 4/15/15
Mon & Tues 1pm-3pm
Thurs 9am-11am & 1p-3pm
Walk-ins welcome
Contact 702-639-1730

Nevada Partners, Inc.
710 W. Lake Mead Blvd.
N. Las Vegas, NV 89030
1/26/15 – 4/15/15
Mon. & Fri. from 9am-4pm (*Drop off only)
Tue.- Thu. from 2pm-4pm (Walk In)
Tue.- Thu. from 1pm-3pm (*By appointment only)
Contact 702-924-2101

North Las Vegas City Hall
2250 Las Vegas Blvd. N.
N. Las Vegas, NV 89030
2/1/15 – 4/15/15
Tue.-Thu. from 10am-2pm
*Drop off only
Contact 702-338-0434

Nye Communities Coalition
1020 E. Wilson
Pahrump, NV 89048
2/10/15 – 4/15/15
Tue.-Thu. from 9am-3pm
*By appt. only 775-537-2323

Pahrump Town Annex
200 N. Highway 160
Pahrump, NV 89048
2/10/15 – 4/12/15
Wed. & Sat. from 9:30am-3:30pm
*By appt. only 775-727-4528

Reformation Lutheran Church
580 E. Saint Louis
Las Vegas, NV 89107
2/3/15 – 4/15/15
Tue. from 11am-2pm
Wed. from 5pm-8pm
*By appt. only 702-732-2052

4505 Maryland Pkwy.
Las Vegas, NV 89154
Call for dates and times

West Career & Technical Academy
11945 W. Charleston Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89135
Call for dates and times
702-799-4340 EXT. 4088

 Dates and locations are subject to change. Dial 2-1-1 or visit nvfreetaxes.org for updated information.

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