Governor Quinn Touts Tax Credit for Working Families


By WSIL Manager

MARION -- Governor Pat Quinn stopped in southern Illinois Saturday to urge working families to apply for a special tax credit. He is hoping to save families more money when they file their taxes this year.     

The governor touted the Earned Income Tax Credit while at Man-Tra-Con in the Illinois Star Center Mall. It's a federally-funded tax counseling site. He says each year, these volunteers help people file their taxes across the region to make sure they're getting as much tax relief as possible. That includes the Earned Income Tax Credit for working families. Quinn says 25% of eligible people never fill out the form.
"The average relief from the federal government is over $2,000, and from the state of Illinois, it's about $250. So it's important that everybody who's eligible fill out the forms," Quinn says.
He says last year, more than 900,000 Illinois families received $160 million dollars in tax relief.
On Sunday, volunteers will be available to help prepare federal and state tax filings. They'll be at the Shawnee Development Council in Karnak from 8 a.m. Until 3 p.m.
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