Today is National EITC Awareness Day across the country. The City of Fort Wayne participates in the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) program to assist lower income working families apply for tax refunds.

In 2006, $1.1 million was brought back to working families in the community. In 2005, $1.6 million in tax refunds were received by working families. In 2004, the total was just over $1 million. In 2003, $250,000 was returned to the local economy.

The Internal Revenue Service works with over 300 partners nationwide to ensure that free tax assistance is available. Nationwide in 2005, $41.4 billion was returned to working individuals and families.

In Fort Wayne, the Wayne Township Trustee Office is the site for this year'€™s local EITC effort. Free tax preparation services for qualified individuals are available through April 14. Hours are 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays.