Free Preparation of Tax Returns Starts

MakingChange, a Howard County non-profit organization that develops and delivers financial education programs, is hosting a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site at The Multiservice Center in North Laurel Jan. 28-April 15.

The Howard County site, like other VITA sites across the country, offers free tax return preparation and filing to most taxpayers who earned up to $54,000 in 2016. The taxpayer’s eligibility for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) will also be determined. Financial education seminars are available as well as access to other services.

“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.”

The VITA site is located at The Multiservice Center, 9900 Washington Boulevard (Route 1) in Laurel. Appointments can be scheduled at http://bit.ly/makingchange2016taxes or call 410-313-0220. This year’s tax deadline is April 18, 2017.

MakingChange provides group seminars and personal coaching to teach people to manage their money and change their lives. Its programs are offered in schools, human service agencies and businesses. For more information, visit www.makingchange.hocomojo.org.

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