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March 03, 2011
For Immediate Release
Contact:
Molly Jahncke
Entergy Services, Inc.
mjahnck@entergy.com
Entergy Louisiana Customers May Qualify for Tax Credits, Free Tax Services

Super Tax Day March 12 offers Earned Income Tax Credit info, free tax prep assistance

Baton Rouge, La. — Urging customers to not miss a special tax credit this year that could put money in their pockets, Entergy Louisiana, LLC is inviting individuals and families in southeast Louisiana to evaluate their eligibility for the credit and take advantage of free tax preparation services at Super Tax Day on March 12. Sponsored by Entergy Louisiana, the Internal Revenue Service and the Tangipahoa Voluntary Council on Aging, Super Tax Day will be held Saturday at the Amite Senior Citizen Center, 113 NE Central Avenue, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The center is one of many Voluntary Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites that Entergy Louisiana is sponsoring across its Louisiana service area to promote the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) to potentially eligible residential customers. Customers who earn $48,362 a year or less may qualify for an EITC from the IRS that could put more than $5,600 in their wallets.

Entergy Louisiana’s efforts in partnership with the Tangipahoa Voluntary Council on Aging complement the IRS campaign to educate taxpayers about the EITC and the locations where they can receive free tax services. Super Tax Day on March 12 at the Amite VITA site will offer individuals and families the opportunity to have their taxes prepared for free, determine EITC eligibility and receive valuable information about planning ahead for tax filing as well as investing tax refunds for the future.

To make the most of tax assistance services, the following information should be brought to VITA sites, including on Super Tax Day:

  • Proof of identification;

  • Social Security cards for you, your spouse and dependents;

  • Birth dates for you, your spouse and dependents;

  • Current year’s tax package, if you received one;

  • Wage and earning statements (Forms W-2, W-2G, 1099-R) from employers;

  • Interest and dividend statements from banks (Forms 1099)

  • Copy of last year’s federal and state returns, if available;

  • Bank routing numbers and account number, if you want to request direct deposit; and

  • Total paid for daycare providers as well as daycare providers’ tax identifying numbers (Social Security Number or business Employer Identification Number).

To file taxes electronically on a married-filing-joint tax return, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms.

Along with sponsoring Super Tax Day and statewide VITA centers, Entergy Louisiana is mailing bill inserts about EITC to approximately 978,000 customers, placing outbound calls to customers and including messages about the credit on My Account Online and on paper bills.

“It’s part of Entergy Louisiana’s efforts to empower our customers to save money, whether by conserving power, managing energy dollars or maximizing tax credits,” said Steven Scheurich, vice president of customer service and external relations for Entergy’s Louisiana utilities. “The IRS estimates that only four out of five eligible workers claim their EITC. We want to help make sure everyone who has earned the credit knows how to file, claim and get it.”

In the 2009 tax filing season, 525,701 Louisiana residents received tax credits through EITC, according to the IRS.

“This is a critical program for many citizens in our community, and Entergy is sharing an important message by raising awareness of an opportunity that could be overlooked,” said Debi Fleming, director of the Tangipahoa Voluntary Council on Aging. “Many people will qualify for the EITC the first time this year and may not even know it. Amid tough economic times, it’s more important than ever for people to take advantage of the tax credits available to them.

“The EITC can make a huge difference in a family’s life, and positively affect Louisiana’s economy,” she added. “The EITC not only benefits working families, it also reduces demand for public service and benefit programs, and it helps our communities grow stronger.”
Studies show that some families use payments for significant purchases, such as a home or to pay off debts. Families can also use the credit they receive each year to start saving for the future.

For more information, call 2-1-1 or 1-800-906-9887, or visit www.myfreetaxes.com.

Entergy’s Louisiana utility companies serve more than one million customers through the operating companies Entergy Louisiana, LLC and Entergy Gulf States Louisiana, L.L.C. With operations in southern, central and northeastern Louisiana, the companies are part of Entergy Corp’s electric system serving 2.7 million customers in Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi and Texas.

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