Tax credits available to working poor

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CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois officials are spreading the word about free services to help low-income taxpayers get the credits they deserve.

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CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois officials are spreading the word about free services to help low-income taxpayers get the credits they deserve.

The Center for Economic Progress at Harold Washington College in Chicago has tax-assistance centers across the state. Families making less than $50,000 or individuals earning less than $25,000 may get free help.

Gov. Pat Quinn was at the center in Chicago on Tuesday to promote the Earned Income Tax Credit. It was doubled in law this year to save workers an extra $105 million over two years. The law also benefits all taxpayers by boosting the personal exemption and tying it to inflation.

Officials from Walmart — which donated money to support the center — also attended the event.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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