Free Assistance for 2012 Tax Season

Just when you thought Tri-CAP’s free tax assistance couldn’t get any better, it does. Not only do eligible, low-income taxpayers get free tax preparation, this year they also have the option of getting a no-fee debit card to use for their tax refunds. The card can be activated (for free) right at the tax sites and the taxpayer’s refund can be deposited directly onto it. The card can then be used just like any other debit card. 

 

Tri-CAP’s free walk-in tax clinics provide customers help in filling out their tax forms at various sites in the community. (Check out our locations at http://www.tricap.org/tax.html.) Our IRS-certified tax preparers are friendly, knowledgeable, and trained to help you take advantage of special tax credits. 

 

Last year these incredible volunteer tax preparers served a whopping 1,400 households. More than $2.4 million in refunds came back to our community – an average of $1,714 per household! This amazing feat was accomplished by 111 volunteers who put in more than 3,117 hours. And that’s just the time they spent preparing taxes. Add in the training they needed to become IRS-certified and the amount of time they volunteered is even more astonishing.

 

So who are these unbelievably hard-working volunteers? They’re students, retired folks, professionals (bankers, accountants, etc.), and others who are interested in helping out people in our community. These generous volunteers provide our community a great service.

 

So, are you ready to check out Tri-CAP’s free tax clinics and meet one of these amazing volunteers? Then go to http://www.tricap.org/tax.html to find out about walk-in clinic locations, hours, eligibility, and the information you need to bring with you.  And don’t forget to take advantage of the free debit card you can get for your refunds.

 

If you feel comfortable completing your taxes on your own, you can also do your taxes for free at this site: http://myfreetaxes.com/CMUWay. You need to be an individual or family with a combined income under $57,000 in 2012.

 

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