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Money In Your Pocket

The Money In Your Pocket Campaign is a community collaboration of organizations lead by United Way of the Capital Region (UWCR) that is committed to the economic stability of local families. The program aims to increase use of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), and the Child Tax Credit (CTC). 

Volunteers prepare computerized, electronic returns through the Internal Revenue Service’s Volunteer Tax Income Assistance (VITA) program, which is designed to provide low-income families with help completing federal and state returns, and obtaining credits for which they are eligible.

So far this year (January 28-March 10, 2014) Money In Your Pocket has completed 2,066 returns totaling $3.4 million in refunds for local working families!

Last tax year, 230 volunteers provided free income tax preparation for low- to moderate-income families. In tax year 2012, more than 4,426 tax returns were filed, resulting in more than $5.1 million returned to local families.


To Get Tax Help

This year, Money In Your Pocket will offer three ways to get tax help:

Traditional Tax Help: Individuals and families who make $52,000, or less are eligible to have their taxes prepared for free by trained volunteers. From start to finish, volunteers help prepare and file state and federal taxes for free at sites throughout Cumberland, Dauphin and Perry counties. Many sites also prepare local tax returns. For more information, view the MIYP site flyer. You can also view the MIYP site flyer in Spanish.


Assisted Tax Help: Assisted tax preparation help is ideally suited for individuals who make $58,000, or less annually. A trained volunteer coach helps guide individuals to prepare and file their own state and federal income taxes. This is a great way to ensure your taxes are prepared correctly, while working at your own pace using an online program.This free service is available at the following location:

Harrisburg Area Community College
1 HACC Drive, Cooper Student Center, Rm. 204, Harrisburg
Wednesdays (except 2/5, 3/26): 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Unassisted Tax Help: Individuals with computer skills who make $58,000, or less annually, can utilize the website, and prepare their own state and federal taxes. 

For more information, contact Jennifer Hilt, UWCR's family economic stability coordinator, at 724.4068 or by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


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