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Make tax season less taxing
Green circle with white text that reads: 26 million people received about $66 billion in Earned Income Tax Credit in 2016
A Gallup poll conducted a few years ago found that "tax day" is one of the most stressful dates on the calendar, which probably has a lot to do with people's attitudes toward money.

Last year, the American Psychological Association's annual survey on stress showed that money is the second-leading cause of tension, one percentage point behind concerns about the "future of the nation." But for working low- and moderate-income families, tax-filing time is an opportunity to take advantage of the benefits—such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)—that can put more money in their pockets. For the 2016 tax season, the average EITC amount received was more than $2,400. The EITC could give eligible taxpayers a maximum of $6,318.
Preparing early goes a long way toward keeping tax anxiety to a minimum. As EITC Awareness Day approaches (Jan. 26), NeighborWorks America and its member organizations are gearing up to provide their communities with resources (many of them free) to help residents benefit from this tax season.
Oregon's NeighborWorks Umpqua debuts income-tax-prep service
Tax forms in a black binder
With the support of another local nonprofit, a NeighborWorks member in southern Oregon started a free tax-preparation service, in part to help raise community awareness of tax credits available to low- and moderate-income families.
NeighborWorks Waco supports AARP's Tax-Aide program
A man sits at a wooden desk, receiving tax help
For more than a decade, NeighborWorks Waco has supplied office space and other resources to AARP volunteers who provide tax-preparation services to the community, but particularly for seniors and low-income residents in McLennan County, Texas.
Timely tips help prepare for tax time
Text graphic that reads: Start tax season off right
NeighborWorks America offers tips to help residents across the country reduce tax-related worries, save money, avoid schemes and get financially organized before tax season and after. Infographics with tax-time tips are available in English and Spanish.
When designing public spaces, start with half a plan
A mixed group of people sit on green bleachers in a large auditorium with wooden beams
When NeighborWorks America's vice president for community initiatives traveled to Denmark on a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-sponsored trip, she learned a surprising lesson: Sometimes when designing a publicly engaging space, you need to start with half a plan.
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