- Associated Press - Thursday, June 29, 2017

DETROIT (AP) - A public awareness campaign aimed at getting more Detroit residents to claim earned income tax credits has resulted in $74 million more in state and federal refunds going to eligible individuals and families.

City officials say Thursday that 18,000 more Detroit residents claimed the credit on their 2016 tax returns than in the previous year.

Officials estimate that 26,000 eligible households don’t apply for the credit and upward of $80 million each year goes unclaimed by Detroit taxpayers. The city says the tax credit is available to working families and individuals who meet certain income requirements.

The campaign by the city and other partners included 12 free tax preparation sites across Detroit, 30 billboards and 500 free tax preparation volunteers.

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