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Santa Rosa, CA. ~ Millions of workers overlook important Federal tax credits every year because they are unaware the credits exist or believe they do not qualify.

The United Way ess!

led Earn It! Keep It! Save It! (EKS) coalition wants to help you get all the money you de- serve at tax time. EKS offers free tax preparation services for low to moderate income families

and individuals at

convenient tax sites through- out Sonoma, Mendocino, Lake, Humboldt and Del Norte counties.

Households earning

$54,000 or less may qualify. Last year, more than 5,600

tax returns were fi led for free by EKS tax sites with $7.6 mil- lion returned to tax fi lers in our community. For the 2018 tax season, the EKS coalition will kick off tax preparation in So- noma County at Empire College from 10 a.m. through 3 p.m. on Saturday, January 27. Tax cli- ents can dial 211 or 800-325- 9604 to make an appointment at any tax sites available from February 1 through April 18. At tax sites, families and individu- als receive free tax help from experienced tax preparers who recognize tax credits available including the Federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC) and the California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC).

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EVENTS•ENTERTAINMENT•FOOD Free Tax Preparation Helps Area Residents Earn Higher Refunds

eral EITC is a refundable tax credit available to qualifying lower–wage workers and their families.

The CTC is avail-

able to workers who have eligible children under the age of 17 at the end of the tax year. The Ca- lEITC is a state credit which pro- vides an opportu- nity

cy situations, college tuition, and home ownership. To en- courage saving, EKS tax sites offer a SaveYourRefund sweepstakes allowing tax fi lers who save a minimum of $50 from their Federal tax re- fund to qualify for a chance to win one of ten weekly $100 cash

prizes. for

low-income working families in California. “The extra mon- ey received during tax season makes a big difference to fami- lies,” said Mike Kallhoff, Pres- ident and CEO of United Way of the Wine Country. He add- ed, “In this especially diffi cult time for many in our communi- ty, it is even more important to maximize the refund received by families.” Earning a tax refund offers tax payers a wonderful oppor- tunity to build savings for fu- ture needs including emergen-

Two grand prizes of $10,000 will be awarded at the end of the tax season to one lucky EKS participant. A So- noma County family won last year’s grand prize after fi ling their taxes at United Way of the Wine Country’s offi ce. Determine your eligibility

today, and make your appoint- ment for free EKS tax prepara- tion by dialing 2-1-1. For more information

including what to bring to your tax appointment, please visit


call Kelsey at 707-528-4485 ext. 122.

UPBEAT TIMES, INC. • February 2018 • 9 Weird Facts & Trivia - 2

The process of making granulated sugar was invented by Jean Etienne Bore. He was born in Amer- ica, educated in France, served as a member of the household guard of King Louis XV, grew indigo in Louisiana, and when the crop failed in 1794-95 he planted sugar cane and developed the process for making granulated sugar from sugar cane.

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