City of Detroit to its residents: Don't forget to claim your tax refunds

The city of Detroit is launching a program to ensure folks who are eligible get their tax refunds.

It's not a program to miss out on. Known as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), it's helped residents get back thousands of dollars.

"I was able to pay back debt and I bought a house last year," said Renee Perkins. 

Perkins, a mother of two, was the perfect candidate for the EITC program. Meant to benefit working people earning between a low and moderate income and have children, Detroit is trying to get the message out about the opportunity many have to get more money.

The city kicked off a campaign with the group "Focus: HOPE" to get the word out. They set up one of the many free tax preparation sites around the city meant to assist residents. Last year, the EITC program helped Detroiters get back $300 million in tax refunds.

"That's a lot of money left if you don't know," said Ray Solomon from the city. "Get the word out there and help Detroiters secure these dollars."