RealSense, City to Help Qualifiers with Economic Stimulus Package

April 22, 2008  

The RealSense Prosperity Campaign, a locally-based coalition of agencies, nonprofits and businesses working in partnership to improve the financial outlook for Northeast Florida citizens, and its longtime partner, the City of Jacksonville, will host an Economic Stimulus Package Tax Blitz Day on Thursday, April 24 for all those who qualify for the Economic Stimulus Package but don't normally file a tax return.

The RealSense volunteer tax team will prepare free tax returns for eligible citizens (citizens who don't normally file a tax return such as seniors and veterans) at four City of Jacksonville Senior Centers throughout the community.

Tax teams will be available at the following locations on Thursday, April 24 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Arlington: Arlington Senior Center, 1078 Rogero Road

Westside: Lane Wiley Senior Center, 6710 Wiley Road

Northside: Lincoln Villa Senior Center, 7866 New Kings Road

Downtown: Mary Singleton Senior Center, 150 E. First St.

'RealSense wants to get the word out to all corners of our community regarding the Economic Stimulus Package (ESP),' said Kaye Schmitz, RealSense executive director. 'This one-time, non-taxable payment promises to have a significant impact on those who qualify, as well as our community at large. In order for individuals or families to receive this payment they MUST file a 2007 income tax return. We want to be certain that individuals who don't normally don't file a tax return (seniors or veterans, for example) are aware of this rebate and the fact that we will help them file for free.'

'We are so pleased to support the RealSense Prosperity Campaign's effort to provide free tax assistance to those eligible citizens of Jacksonville,' said Mayor John Peyton. 'The

Economic Stimulus Package will be truly beneficial to many of our senior citizens and in turn, will positively benefit the prosperity of our entire community.'

More than 50 organizations from all sectors of the community form the RealSense team which provides information about the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), free income tax preparation for those who qualify, money-management and credit restoration education and information about matched savings accounts (Individual Development Accounts or IDAs) that encourage setting and attaining long-term goals.

For more information about free tax preparation or any of the other RealSense Prosperity Campaign programs and services, call United Way 2-1-1 by dialing 2-1-1 or 1-904-632-0600. There are 43 volunteer tax sites in Clay, Duval, Nassau, Putnam, and St. Johns Counties.

The RealSense Prosperity campaign is a community-wide initiative led by United Way of Northeast Florida and funded by Bank of America, the City of Jacksonville, Family Foundations, the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, the National Disabilities Institute, Northeast Florida Community Action Agency, SunTrust Bank, United Way of Northeast Florida, United Way of St. Johns County, Wachovia Bank and Winn-Dixie.