With tax season in full swing, some local organizations are stepping up to take the stress out of filing for low-income families.
For the third year, Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry is offering volunteer income tax assistance to those who made under $51,000 in 2012.
“They qualify for earned income credits, child tax credits and education credits,” said Tom Wcisel the VITA Program Administrator at Loaves & Fishes. “Anytime we can file that return and help these people out and get a little money in their pocket the first part of the year and to keep them going through the rest of the year, that’s our objective.”
In the VITA program community volunteers become certified by the IRS in basic income tax filing and then help prepare taxes for others.
The VITA workers are available Mondays and Wednesdays 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. until noon by appointment at Loaves & Fishes.
Nichols Library will also be providing tax help this year on March 2nd. Those earning less than $49,000 in 2012 can stop by for assistance on a first come first served basis.
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