PNC joins End Hunger to help file taxes

by Mar 30, 2012

one of the main goals … was to help people get their taxes done while teaching them how to do their taxes on their own.

Representatives from PNC helped individuals and families with low to moderate income file their federal and state taxes Wednesday morning at Chesapeake Church in Huntingtown as part of the Calvert Cash tax program.
Jacqueline Hahn, director of communications for End Hunger, said this is the third year the program has been in Calvert County, which was made possible by a Rural Families Grant.
Scot Ebron, PNC marketing executive for Southern Maryland, said he and other PNC representatives were helping people with low to moderate income prepare their federal and state income taxes for free. Ebron said one of the main goals of Wednesday’s program was to help people get their taxes done while teaching them how to do their taxes on their own.
Additionally, PNC has second-chance checking, which allows people who may have been previously denied bank accounts to have a PNC checking account for free. Participants also are given a free IRS debit card, which allows them to make withdrawals from their checking account for free, Ebron said, and also are allowed to cash their checks for free at PNC.
Mary LaBorie, life skills director for End Hunger, said the first year, the program “started slow,” but over the last two years, she has seen an increase in clients. This year was the most successful year, she said, with the “greatest number of clients,” including returning clients, participating in the program.
Next year, LaBorie hopes that more people will take advantage of the free services PNC representatives are offering and not pay “a ton of money” to file their taxes, she said.
“We hope we’ll have more clients to trust us to help them with their taxes next year and more community involvement,” LaBoire said.
Robin Brungard, director of programming for End Hunger, said PNC has been a “great partner” with which to work.
“PNC has been a partner from the beginning [of the program] and they do make a difference in this community,” Brungard said. “It’s bankers at their best.”
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