Coming to a Broward location near you this tax season: An RV filled with workers who will help low-income families fill out their federal tax returns free of charge.
United Way of Broward County is sending out its Mobile Resource Center from Miramar to Pompano Beach. On Friday, for example, it will be at the Northwest Regional Library, 3151 University Dr., in Coral Springs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. On Saturday, it will be at the Pines Place Residences, 8210 Florida Dr., Pembroke Pines, from 9 a.m. to noon.
People can call 211 for a list of where the mobile unit will be or go to the United Way website that explains the program.
It will run Tuesday through Saturday until Saturday, April 14. The mobile free tax help is designed to help reach Broward residents who may not have a car or transportation to get their taxes filed, said Mary Lynn Lovejoy.
During the free tax preparations, workers will make sure to check whether families qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit that gives as much as a $5,751 credit for a family with at least three children, Lovejoy said.
"The Earned Income Tax Credit has had a big impact in Broward," she added.
Last year, Broward families received more than $476 million in tax refunds from the credit and nearly $2 billion in five years, Lovejoy said.
Ana Arias of Pembroke Pines said she appreciates the free tax service. "One of my friends spent $180 to get her taxes done," Arias said.
That's cash that she said she can ill afford to spend right now. Arias said she lost her customer service job last September and doesn't have the money to repair her car.
Arias said she will be getting more than $3,300 in a tax refund this year. She is helping one child in college; her other three are grown.
But when her children were younger, she got bigger refunds, including a $7,000 check one year that allowed her to buy a used car, Arias said.