Sunday, April 22, 2018

Free tax return preparation available

Why pay $50, $100, or more to have your Federal and State tax returns prepared when these services are available for free?

$AVe IT!, Southernmost Area Volunteer Income Tax services, are available for eligible taxpayers throughout southernmost Illinois without regard to county of residence.

$AVe IT! is a partnership with IRS and local organizations, including University of Illinois Extension, Vienna Area Ministerial Alliance, Shawnee Development Council and Faith Alive.

Free federal and state return preparation and e-filing are available to people of any age with earnings up to $58,000 and to those who are 60 years of age or older with no income limits. There is absolutely no charge for these services.

Volunteers in this program especially wish to serve those for whom a tax preparation service would be a hardship.

Also, the volunteers recognize that many households do not have computer access to navigate filing their taxes from home in the southernmost area it serves.

Volunteers are IRS-certified to provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing.

Volunteers can assist taxpayers with questions about the Affordable Care Act provisions and other special tax credits such as Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, and Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled. Volunteers also handle pensions and retirement issues unique to seniors.

Appointments are available at the following locations:

Southern Pride Senior Center on Thursdays, starting Feb. 1, from 9 a.m. to noon. Contact the office at 618-658-9669 for appointments.

University of Illinois Extension Office in Vienna on Fridays, starting Feb. 2  and select Saturdays, from  9 a.m. to noon. Call 618-973-0978 for appointments.

Shawnee Development Council, Karnak on Tuesday, Feb. 20, and Monday, March 12, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 618-634-2201 for an appointment.

For more information, contact Lynn McMahan at 618-973-0978 or e-mail at mcmahan3204@hotmail.com

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