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By Jim Donovan: The Internal Revenue Service wil open it’s Philadelphia Taxpayer Assistance Center on Saturday, January 29 and February 5, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. till 2:00 p.m.

The Taxpayer Assistance Center is located at 600 Arch Street. You can also check http://www.IRS.gov for locations near you that will offer this Saturday service.

The extra days and hours are being added to the IRS walk-in office schedule to help lower–income taxpayers who may not be able to seek assistance during the work week.

The additional hours will expand service to area taxpayers eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Low income families may be eligible to receive as much as $5,600 by simply filing a Federal income tax form. People move into and out of EITC eligibility based on changes in their earnings, their parental status or their marital status. Many people will qualify for the first time this year due to economic changes in their incomes.

People who earned $48,362 or less from wages, self-employment or farming in 2010 should check to see if they qualify. It’s easy to verify if you qualify. Go to http://www.IRS.gov and type “EITC” into the search box. On the EITC Home Page you will find a wizard that will allow you to verify whether you are qualified by answering a few simple questions.

Aside from IRS offices, taxpayers may also receive assistance at more than 12,000 free tax assistance sites nationwide. Taxpayers can locate the most conveniently located Volunteer Tax Assistance Site in CITY by calling (211, 311 or 1-800-906-9887—depending what is available locally).

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