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updated: 2/18/2013 7:49 AM

Quinn urges eligible taxpayers to file for credit

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Gov. Pat Quinn wants taxpayers to take advantage of a newly expanded tax credit.

The Illinois Earned Income Tax Credit provides low-income families with tax relief and an incentive to work. But the non-profit Center for Economic Progress estimates between 10 to 20 percent of eligible taxpayers didn't file for the credit last year.

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In an event at Truman College in Chicago Saturday, Quinn said he wants to get the word out about how eligible people may apply for the tax relief.

Families earning less than $50,000 annually and individuals making less than $25,000 may qualify for free tax preparation help at assistance centers across the state.

A list of assistance centers and other information about the tax credit is online at www.dhs.state.il.us or www.revenue.state.il.us.

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