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Join Bishop Mitchell Taylor and Community Partners for Urban Upbound's 12th Annual Tax Preparation Kickoff Press Conference.

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On Friday, January 27 (EITC Awareness Day), at 11:30 am, Bishop Mitchell Taylor, Elected Officials, Officials from the IRS, New York State Officials, Resident Association Presidents, Religious leaders, partners and residents will join Urban Upbound to encourage New Yorkers to take advantage of the city’s free Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites – including 20 run by Urban Upbound – and potentially receive thousands back in their tax returns. IRS joins partners nationwide to launch the EITC Awareness Day outreach campaign to ensure that millions of low-and moderate-income workers get the credit they deserve and get it right. The Urban Upbound Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax preparation assistance to people who generally make $64,000 or less, persons with disabilities, seniors and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their tax returns. Free VITA sites enable qualified working families and individuals to take advantage of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) benefit – which provides a particularly important lifeline in tough economic times and the ability to utilize every dollar of their tax refund, thus increasing buying power or allowing a means to start a savings plan. We offer tax preparation in many languages.

WHAT: Press Conference at Urban Upbound’s Free Tax Prep Site to encourage New Yorkers to file taxes and celebrate National EITC Awareness day. Additionally, Urban Upbound’s clients will discuss tax refunds.

WHERE: Urban Upbound’s Free Tax Prep Site, 12-15 40th Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11101

WHO: Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney
Congressman Joseph Crowley
NYS Senator Michael Gianaris
NYC Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer
NYC Council Member Julissa Ferreras-Copeland
    NYC Council Member Costa Constantinides
    NYS Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan
Dr. Bob Lee, WBLS FM
Charlotte Kieliszek, Field Director, Accounts Management
Ed Parenti, Senior Stakeholder Relationship Tax Consultant, Internal Revenue Service, US Department of the Treasury
Darol Tucker, Brooklyn Local Tax Payer Advocate
Cary Ziter, NYS Department of Taxation and Finance
RA President Claudia Coger
Citywide Chair RA President Ann Cotton Morris
RA April Simpson Taylor
RA President Carol Wilkins
Religious Leaders, Community Leaders and Residents

WHEN: Friday, January 27, 2017

TIME: 11:30am – 12:30pm

About Urban Upbound – Founded in 2004, by Bishop Mitchell G. Taylor, Urban Upbound breaks cycles of poverty in public housing neighborhoods by providing residents with the tools and resources needed to achieve economic mobility and self-sufficiency. Urban Upbound builds pathways out of poverty through an integrated approach that encompasses employment services, financial empowerment, youth services, and neighborhood revitalization anchored by the Urban Upbound Federal Credit Union. For more information, visit http://urbanupbound.org.

About Bishop Mitchell Taylor - Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Urban Upbound. Bishop Taylor has lived in and around Queensbridge Houses most of his life. In 1987, under the direction of his Father the late Bishop Moses Taylor he founded Astoria Outreach Ministries in Astoria, New York, focusing primarily on the youth in Astoria Houses. In 1991, he was installed as Senior Pastor of the Center of Hope International (COHI), a non-denominational church adjacent to the Queensbridge Houses. In 2004, Bishop Taylor co-founded Urban Upbound, formerly known as the East River Development Alliance (ERDA). Bishop Taylor served as a commissioner on the Civilian Complaint Review Board and has been profiled by The New York Times, CNN, National Public Radio, and other leading media outlets for his leadership around public housing, and has received prestigious awards including the New York City Public Library’s Brooke Astor Award, NYC Neighborhood Achievement Leadership Award, and the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York Martin Luther King Award. Bishop Taylor was also a participant in the United Way Executive Fellows Program and was chosen to participate in the highly competitive Achieving Excellence in Community Development program led by NeighborWorks and Harvard University Kennedy School of Government. Bishop Taylor is the author of Unbroken Promises, published by Whitaker House (2003).

For Immediate Release: January 25, 2017. Contact: Telisha Lee, Telisha(at)urbanupbound.org, 917.324.3204


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