It’s that time of year again!

Now that the holiday season is over, it’s time to prepare for another stressful, expensive time of year. (No – not “paying-off-holiday-credit-card-debt season”!) I’m talking, of course, about tax season. Even for those of us who can afford to have someone else do our taxes or have the ability to do them ourselves, the ordeal is pretty stressful.
Imagine if you didn’t know how to fill out even some of the basic forms (like me). What if you don’t know about the special tax credits and refunds available? For example: Did you know that some families are eligible for school expense refunds like notebooks, pencils, music lessons and educational software? I didn’t.
When a genius like Albert Einstein says, “The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax,” you know you need to call in someone to help you figure out those dreaded forms.
But what if you don’t have the resources to pay someone to help you? You might end up losing money because you missed tax deductions or credits for which you’re eligible; you might even mistakenly pay in to the IRS instead of getting a refund.
Sadly, that is the reality for many of Tri-CAP’s customers and low-income persons. However, help is available for eligible, low-income tax payers.
Tri-CAP offers free (yes, free!) walk-in tax clinics through the IRS Volunteer Tax Assistance Program (VITA). Staffed by IRS-certified volunteer tax preparers who are knowledgeable about special tax credits, you’ll get the help you need to make this tax season less stressful and, perhaps, get you a well-deserved refund. Choose from three sites in St. Cloud – Salvation Army, Catholic Charities and St. Cloud Technical Community College to meet with our specially trained tax preparers.
To find out more about the walk-in clinic locations, hours, eligibility and what information you need to bring, click on this link: http://www.tricap.org/tax.html. And while you’re at the walk-in clinic, stop by and see one of our Financial Coaches to help you make the most of your refund. Happy Tax Season!

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