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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.

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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