Free Tax Preparation Program kicks off

TOLEDO, Ohio – In honor of National EITC Day on January 25, the tax coalition announced today the kick off of the Free Tax Preparation Program. United Way of Greater Toledo is partnering once again with Lucas County Treasurer Wade Kapszukiewicz and Lucas County Commissioner Tina Skeldon Wozniak to offer free tax preparation for working families and individuals.

Due to the success of the program last year, it has been extended beyond Lucas County to include Wood and Ottawa counties. Nearly 50 locations, made up of local bank partners and numerous tax preparation site partners, will be available to make it convenient for those who wish to take advantage of the opportunity.

“This is a powerful example of a strong partnership between volunteers, business and government to support hard working families,” stated Karen Mathison, president & CEO of United Way of Greater Toledo.

In addition to free tax preparation, certified tax preparers will also determine if residents are eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), a credit many people are unaware of.  

More than 2,600 individuals and families received free tax preparation in 2012 and more than $3 million came back to our community in federal tax returns. Individuals and families who make $51,000 or less could be eligible for the program.

“This is a program we feel is essential in aiding our community down the path of financial stability,” stated Mathison, “which coincides with one of the three United Way focus areas of education, income, and health.”

People who want to determine if they are eligible for the EITC credit or want to schedule a free tax preparation appointment are urged to dial 2-1-1. United Way 2-1-1 is taking appointments now through the end of tax season in Lucas, Wood, and Ottawa counties.  Appointments are already being scheduled. Tax preparation is performed by IRS-trained and certified volunteers.

If you have your taxes prepared elsewhere and are a low-to-middle income level family, be sure to ask if you are eligible for the EITC. Visit www.unitedwaytoledo.org/taxprep for more information.