Rebecca Hardeman

Rebecca Hardeman, PHR, SHRM-CP 

1262 Government Circle
Jonesboro, GA 30236

Office: (770) 473-3945
Fax: (770) 473-5438

2020 VITA Flyer

Don’t Overlook Valuable Tax Credits on Your Tax Return

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Free Tax Assistance Helps Clayton County Residents Claim Their Full Refunds.

Many taxpayers could overlook important tax benefits because they don’t know about them.  Don’t let this happen to you.

The earned income tax credit (EITC) is a refundable tax credit available to some taxpayers.  Many people may qualify for the first time this year due to changes in their income, marital status, or parental status.  It is estimated that four out of five taxpayers eligible for the EITC claim it.  Clayton County Extension wants to help raise that number to five out of five.

The child tax credit (CTC) can be claimed by taxpayers with a qualifying child or children under age 17.  Some taxpayers may also qualify for the additional child tax credit (ACTC) or the new credit for other dependents (ODC).  If you are a taxpayer who claims the EITC, the IRS will delay your tax refund until mid to late February.  This legislation was passed to reduce identity theft.

These credits can significantly increase the amount of your tax refund.  Clayton County Extension is raising awareness of these credits and offering VITA, a free tax preparation service, to taxpayers in Clayton County this tax season.  Taxpayers who qualify will get free help determining their eligibility for and claiming the credits.

Would you like to avoid paying to have your taxes prepared and keep all of your tax refund?  If so, there are free programs available to file your taxes for free.  One particular program is the IRS’ Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, known as VITA.

VITA is a free program that allows you to get your taxes prepared and filed for free.  The program is coordinated locally by volunteers from one or more community-based organizations.  Volunteers are certified by the IRS and must pass annual exams to prepare tax returns, and all tax returns go through a quality review process before being submitted to the IRS.  VITA volunteer tax preparers are trained and certified by the IRS to prepare many types of tax returns, including those claiming the EITC and other credits.

To schedule your appointment, visit us at HERE.  For more information on VITA Tax Preparation and/or other programs, call Clayton County Extension at 770-473-3945 or email us at

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Clayton County Citizens’ Feedback Needed for Branding Project

The Clayton County Board of Commissioners wants input from its citizens, through a short online survey, It is a part of the County’s branding project for communications and image. It is the goal of the Commissioners and community partners to ensure that the County’s new brand reflects one of metro Atlanta’s greatest assets on a path that continuously displays the County’s positive and progressive attributes, growth, and potential for residents, businesses, and visitors.

Cooperative Extension

The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension in Clayton County is part of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the College of Family and Consumer Sciences. We are an educational division of Clayton County Government provided by the Clayton County Board of Education.

Our purpose is to bring current research and information to the people of Clayton County in the areas of Agriculture/Environment, Family and Consumer Sciences and 4-H/Youth Development. Our goal is to help citizens with:

  • Agricultural Competitiveness and Profitability
  • Natural Resources and Environmental Management
  • Improving Nutrition, Diet and Health
  • Family Development and Resource Management
  • Youth

Agricultural Competitiveness and Profitability

Classes and printed material are available on lawns, landscaping, insect control, fruit and vegetable production, pesticide application and soil tests, as well as traditional farm production.

Natural Resources and Environmental Management

Information is available on disposing of hazardous household waste, conserving water both inside and outside the home including lawns and gardens.

Improving Nutrition, Diet and Health

What should you eat to stay healthy? Extension educators answer that question by phone, in classes, food demonstrations or at manned exhibits with publications. Topics include nutrition for children, teens, and the elderly, as well as, special needs such as lowering cholesterol, triglycerides, sodium, fat and sugar. Other related topics that affect health are: food preservation, preparation, safety and purchasing.

Family Development and Resource Management

Educational opportunities and resources are available in the areas of basic developmental needs of the total family (from infancy to senior adults); improving family relations; basic parenting skills; and in-service training for care providers. Resources are available to help individuals and families become better able to manage their finances include: money management classes, credit repair foreclosure prevention and Home Buyer education. Individual consultations available as requested. Home visiting, parenting education and support services are also available through the program. Educational content includes Parents and Teachers Safe Care and Early Intervention.


 Our effort involves young people in many of the listed initiatives. There are opportunities for youth in 5th - 12th grade. These include working with kids in individual 4-H projects and state-wide 4-H events such as rallies, competitions interest camps, judging teams, horse club and community service projects are also available.  

Additional Questions?

The UGA Cooperative Extension Service offers educational programs, assistance and materials to all people without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, or disability status.

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