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United Way helps families cash in this tax season

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -- Thursday is the day many of us have dreaded. It's the deadline to file tax forms to the federal government.

With the help of volunteers, some Siouxland families were able to save a total of $80,000 this tax season through free tax preparation.

Four United Way Community partners helped about 630 low to moderate income families receive more than $700,000 in federal income tax refunds. Each client received a little over $1,000 on average.

Directors say without the help of the volunteers, many families would not receive their earned income tax credit, which is money that could be used in the community.

"Some twenty million dollars went unclaimed in Woodbury County alone for people eligible for earned income tax credit and didn't get their earned tax credit," says Tim Stiles from United Way of Siouxland.

During the past three tax seasons, after the Earned Income tax Credit was established, nearly $645,000 has been refunded to working Siouxlanders.

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