Friday, January 23, 2009

Free tax help is available for those with low incomes

Low-income taxpayers in need of help preparing their returns and obtaining refunds can once again get help from a host of free tax preparation sites being launched this Saturday.

The Creating Assets, Savings and Hope (CASH) Coalition, an initiative of the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County, is offering four hours of free tax preparation and filing as part of its Cash In Saturday event.

The group will also offer access to a wide range of other services for those earning less than $40,000 a year, such as information on earned government benefits and adult education opportunities. Qualified taxpayers are also eligible for other services from 25 local banks, educational institutions, health and human service nonprofit agencies, and government agencies.

The event, which will take place from 10 a. m. to 2 p. m., marks the grand opening this year of the coalition’s one-stop resource for such services, known as The Hope Center, located at the Tri-Main Center at 2495 Main St. in Buffalo.

Separately, accounting students from the University at Buffalo School of Management, who are certified by the U. S. Internal Revenue Service, will also provide free tax preparation to individuals and families making less than $42,000 a year.

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