Thursday, September 15, 2011

Volunteers needed - Tax Preparation

With the goal of helping working individuals and families achieve economic success, the Kent County Tax Credit Coalition (KCTCC) offers free income tax return preparation and assistance with filing tax credit claims, including the Earned Income Tax Credit.
 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.“
Last year, the Comstock Park Rotary and the Comstock Park Community Outreach teamed up with The Kent County Tax Coalition, a Heart of Michigan United Way Agency) enabling individuals and families with limited income to have their taxes prepared free of charge by appointment at the Comstock Park Library.  A number of residents took advantage of this service saving them over $55,000.  The organizations are currently looking for volunteers who are willing to give up one night a week to assist residents with tax preparation next year.  Training is provided.  For more information, contact:

Brenda Brame
Program Manager Kent County Tax Credit Coalition
Heart of West Michigan United Way
118 Commerce SW, Grand Rapids, MI49503
P: 616-752-8647
F: 616-459-8460

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