The Howard County site, like other VITA sites across the country, offers free tax assistance preparation and filing to most taxpayers who earned up to $54,000 in 2015. The taxpayer’s eligibility for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) will also be determined. In addition to free tax return preparation, the site offers free direct deposit of refunds, free pre-paid cards for receipts of the refund, and the option to purchase U.S. savings bonds.
“The VITA site saves families the cost of tax preparation while also ensuring that they receive the tax credits for which they are eligible,” said MakingChange Executive Director Mike Couch. “We encourage taxpayers who receive refunds to pay down their debts and consider saving for future needs. This year’s site also provides access to other Howard County agencies that can provide additional services for families that need assistance.”
Appointments can be scheduled at http://bit.ly/makingchangevita or by calling 410-313-0220. Alternatively, tax payers who made less than $62,000 can file their own Federal and State tax returns for free at http://www.myfreetaxes.com. This year’s tax deadline is April 18, 2016.