Tri-C offering free tax preparation services

Community members are invited to “Super Tax Refund Saturday” at Cuyahoga Community College, a free personal income tax filing service for those who meet eligibility requirements (described below). The events, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11, and on Saturday, April 14, are sponsored by the Cuyahoga Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Coalition, Tri-C, PNC Bank, the City of Cleveland and the Internal Revenue Service

Super Saturday Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (V.I.T.A.) will be hosted at the Metropolitan Campus, at 2900 Community College Ave. in rooms TLC 153 and 154 in the Health Careers & Sciences Building. Free parking is available in lot 2 on Community College Avenue. Appointments are suggested for these dates and can be made by calling 2-1-1 or 216-436-2000 and specifying the Metro campus.
“Each year, millions of dollars in refunds go unclaimed by individuals filing tax returns,” said Michael Taylor, senior vice president, PNC Community Development Banking. “We look forward to again helping to efficiently deliver tax refunds to local families and communities most in need.”   

Walk-in assistance on a first come, first served basis is also available at Corporate College West, 25425 Center Ridge Rd., Westlake, from 4-7 p.m. Tuesdays beginning Feb. 7 through April 3, except for March 13, in room 213.

Returns will be prepared and filed by IRS certified tax-preparers and completed while the taxpayer waits. All returns will be screened for eligibility for the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit.

To qualify, tax-payers must have a 2011 earned income of less than $49,000, and must be filing a simple return. V.I.T.A. sites generally do not prepare Schedules C, D or E.
Taxpayers need to bring: current photo I.D., social security cards for each adult and child on the return, W2 and 1099 income statements, child care expense statement and provider’s Tax I.D. number, form 1099-INT for any checking or savings accounts as well as bank account and routing numbers for direct deposit of refund.

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Volume 4, Issue 3, Posted 10:59 AM, 02.07.2012