Barren River Asset Building Coalition (BRABC) Helps EITC and ACTC Recipients Navigate New IRS Tax Refund Delay
Friday, January 13, 2017 at 10:25AM
Charity P.

Barren River Asset Building Coalition Helps Low to Moderate Income Families Keep 100% of Their Refund 

Southern, Kentucky – January 13, 2017 — It is more important than ever to prepare accurate income tax returns during the 2017 tax season. A new law requires the IRS to delay issuing refunds for certain taxpayers claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) or the Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC) until February 15. The law has no exceptions and is designed to make it easier for the IRS to find and stop fraud.

The Barren River Asset Building Coalition (BRABC) is one of over 12,000 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) programs across the country that the IRS relies on to help people file their taxes every year, completely free of charge. In 2016 alone, our IRS certified volunteers helped over 1288 families in Southern Kentucky qualify for and keep 100% of their refunds—without worrying about hidden fees or unexpected charges. 

On average, many of our clients receive over thirty percent of their annual income in tax refunds, making their tax returns vital to their financial lives. “For several years, the BRABC has helped individuals and families get their maximum refund that they use on necessities, like paying bills, paying down debt, making new purchases, and saving,” said Charity Parrish, Director of Planning, Program Development and Communications at Community Action of Southern Kentucky. “We are dedicated to helping as many community members as we can and encourage taxpayers to be wary of preparers promising faster refunds through expensive financial products, like loans.”

Who can get free tax prep? Generally, individuals who make less than $54,000 are eligible to have their taxes prepared and e-filed for free. Our services are also available to persons with disabilities, the elderly and non-native English speakers who need assistance in preparing their taxes.

High Quality Service. The volunteers and staff tax preparers at BRABC free tax preparation sites go through at least 15 hours of training and are certified by the IRS. We make sure our customers get high-quality, professional service by trained volunteers who are equipped to identify tax refund opportunities for customers. Our goal is to help our customers get their maximum refund and claim all the credits that they have earned. During the 2015 filing season alone, over 90,000 volunteers nationwide helped prepare over 3.7 million returns at thousands of tax sites.

For more information on BRABC and their expert tax preparation services, visit Or, plan on using the Kentucky Free File program that allows you to choose brand name tax preparation software at no cost to you. This option is available online and can be accessed from the comfort of your living room.

About BRABC. The BRABC provides free tax preparation & financial education to promote economic growth and stability through asset building. For six years, the BRABC has successfully provided free tax preparation and financial literacy services to taxpayers in our area. Thanks in large part to outstanding volunteer support, we have helped thousands of people. Our mission is to help low-moderate income working families realize economic self-sufficiency through financial literacy, tax preparation assistance, and asset building opportunities.


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