Advertise With Us

Free Tax Preparation Available January 22

Free Tax Preparation Available January 22

By Bethany Ashlock - Community Impact Director of United Way of Abilene

 

 

 

Center for Economic Opportunity currently scheduling appointments ABILENE, TX – Free tax preparation atthe West Central Texas Center for Economic Opportunity, 1102 N. 3rd Street, opens for community members January 22. Appointments forthis free service are recommended and may be made by calling the Center forEconomic Opportunity at 672-8980; walk-in clients are welcomed and willbe helped as available. In 2012, volunteers and staff at theCenter for Economic Opportunity filed 1,400+ tax returns, helping individualsor families claim more than $2.3 million in tax refunds. A team of communityvolunteers will help eligible working families claim the Earned Income TaxCredit, which could total more than $5,800 this year. Last year, the Center forEconomic Opportunity helped families claim over $900,000 in Earned Income TaxCredits. “Our free tax preparation is avaluable community service that plugs money back into the community throughfamilies who receive a refund,” said Jamie Jimenez, Program Director at theCenter for Economic Opportunity. Tax preparation services at the Centerfor Economic Opportunity are free, but individuals should bring the followingitems to the tax preparation sites to maximize their return: • Valid Photo ID • Social Security Cards • All 2012 W-2, 1099 & 1098 forms • Blank Check with routing number &account number •Receipts for charitable gifts, medicalexpenses , college expenses , or childcare expenses “People in our community work hard, andwant to provide for themselves and their families,” Jimenez said. “Sometimes navigating thatroad can be challenging, confusing and complex – free tax preparation is just one of the ways theCenter for Economic Opportunity helps families along the way toself-sufficiency.” In addition to tax preparation services,the West Central Texas Center for Economic Opportunity provides studentfinancial aid information, small business support, financial literacy coursesand credit counseling. The Center is part of a Community Initiative led by theUnited Way of Abilene in partnership with Dodge Jones Foundation to helppromote financial stability and independence for area families.