Sunday, January 30, 2011

Free help with Tax Preparation

The Kent County Tax Coalition can help you complete your income tax return and apply for the Federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), a refundable federal income tax credit for working individuals and families.  U.S. Citizenship is not required for filing a return, but you must file a tax return to claim your credit.  Take advantage of this assistance!  There are 22 locations in Kent County, including the Comstock Park Library at 3943 W. River Dr. NE, Comstock Park.
Volunteers from the Kent County Tax Credit Coalition (sponsored by the Heart of West Michigan United Way) will be at the branch from 4:00 – 8:00 pm on Thursday evenings, February 10 – March 31
With an average reported income of $14,324, clients can use these tax refunds for basic necessities such as food and clothing, home and car repairs, or medical treatment. Financial literacy courses are also offered to clients, 90% of whom come from Grand Rapids and surrounding areas.
According to Brenda Brame, Program Director for the Kent County Tax Credit Coalition, “Many residents of Kent County don’t realize they have refunds due to them, or think they cannot afford professional tax preparation. The quality service we offer saves West Michigan workers hundreds of dollars and results in tax credits that make a big difference in their lives.“
For the 2011 tax season, who is eligible?
To calculate an estimate of your tax return or to see if you are eligible for any tax credits, click here to use the Estimator Tool.
*Income needs to be no more than the listed amount.
**Tax Credit is available up to the listed amount.

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