Earn It! Keep It! Save It! is a program of United Way Bay Area. For the last 12 years, United Way Bay Area has effectively developed and managed Earn It! Keep It! Save It! with increasing success in providing culturally competent volunteer tax preparation services through a regional collaborative network.
Earn It! Keep It! Save It! provides free tax preparation to low- to moderate-income Bay Area households. This year, more than 3,500 trained volunteers provided free tax preparation for over 80,000 households, which brought over $85 million back in refunds to our local economy.
Providing the highest quality free tax preparation is at the forefront of an Earn It! Keep It! Save It! tax preparer's mind. One of their goals is to ensure that clients get all the tax credits they are entitled to. The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a refundable credit given to low-wage workers. The EITC can be well over $5,000, yet it is often not claimed because people do not know about it, or it can cost money to prepare the additional form. Earn It! Keep It! Save It! helped secure over
The mission of Earn It! Keep It! Save It! (EKS) is to provide free tax preparation services as a tool to help Bay Area residents become financially stable. In 2010, United Way Bay Area approved a bold organizational goal: to cut Bay Area poverty in half by 2020. To achieve this goal we are bringing together dozens of the top nonprofits, government agencies, corporations, and labor unions to create a Roadmap to Cut Poverty and create a thriving community for us all.