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Hundreds Line Up For Free Tax Assistance

LAS VEGAS -- The Earned Income Tax Credit or EITC event Saturday, which took place at the Heinrich YMCA on Meadows Lane right across from the Meadows Mall, had lines wrapping around the building as people waited for free help in filing their taxes.

By mid afternoon there were already 200 families who were served. The focus of the event, which was co-hosted by Channel 8, was making sure taxpayers were aware of the changes made to the earned income tax credit.

What is it comes down to is if you earned $49,000 or less in 2009, you can receive free tax preparation and may be eligible for an EITC refund of up to $5,657. The EITC works to help low-income, working taxpayers get more money back when they file their federal income tax forms but most people are unaware of this tax credit.

"I don't know I would've been upset thank you for letting me know I get earned income credit I just thought it was for people with kids," said Donna Lamma, Tax Payer.

Donna was laid off last year and desperately needed every penny she could get. To make sure she got what she deserved, volunteers filled out her taxes, and then it went to an IRS specialist who checked for any mistakes.

On average it takes about 45 minutes to do, but you have to make sure to come early if you don't want to wait in the long line.

Judging by Saturday's results the event was a huge success. The volunteers helped 175 people get their tax returns done. They saved those who came Saturday $26,000 in tax prep fees. Saturdays event is estimated to have saved people in total roughly $306,000. The Earned Income Tax refund is believed to save between $87,000-90,000.

For more information on where you can take advantage of these free volunteer income tax assistance click here.