Mayor Graham Richard today was joined by the “Mayor'€™s Money in Your Pocket” partners to announce plans for the 2006 Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) program, which runs January 28-April 13.

The program will kickoff with a “Super Saturday” event from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, January 28 at the Wayne Township Trustee'€™s Office, 320 E. Superior St.

“By working together, we are providing a great service to members of our community who work hard and deserve a tax refund,” said Mayor Richard. “Our goal for 2006 is to bring more than $1.6 million back to working families.”

The EITC program assists lower income working families apply for tax refunds. The program does have eligibility requirements:

-Families with one child who earn less than $31,030

-Families with two or more children who earn less than $35,263

-Single workers without a child who earn less than $11,750

-Married couple with no children who earn less than $13,750

Eligible residents are encouraged to use the free tax preparation services and receive a tax refund that they earned over the past year. In 2005, $1.6 million in tax refunds was received by working families. There has been an increase in participation and refunds each year since the program started in 2003. In 2003, $250,000 was returned to the local economy. In 2004, the total was just over $1 million.

Along with financial institutions, other partners include Volunteer Center at RSVP, Wayne Township Trustee's Office, IRS, Urban League, CANI-Lake Avenue, CANI-Salvation Army, Benito Juarez Center, East Wayne Street Center, Purdue Extension Co-op, Vincent House, Neighborhood Health Clinics, and Tower Bank.

Multilingual tax preparers and translators will be available at most of the sites. Dates and times of locations include; M, T, W, Th noon-3 p.m.-Wayne Township Trustee Office. T, W, Th 6-7:30 p.m.-Volunteer Center, 3401 Lake Avenue. Monday 6-7:30 p.m. CANI-Salvation Army, 2901 N. Clinton St. and East Wayne Street Center, 801 E. Wayne St.