Free tax assistance available for low-income families

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Free tax filing assistance is still available for low-income families in West Michigan.

Those that make less than $58,000 in total family income a year are eligible to receive free tax preparation in the last few days leading up to the April 18 deadline.

Accounting students from Davenport University, Aquinas College, Grand Rapids Community College and Cornerstone University, along with volunteers, are participating. They are working in conjunction with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program and have been certified by the Internal Revenue Services.

The free tax assistance is being held at the ACSET Community Action Tax Center, located at 121 Franklin Street SE in Grand Rapids, on the following days:

  • Thursday, April 14, 8:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday, April 15, 8:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 16, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Monday, April 18, 8:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Tax assistance is offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. Those who wish to take advantage of the free program should bring the following paperwork with them:

  • Picture ID and social security card for filer and spouse, social security cards for dependents.
  • Birth dates for primary, secondary and dependents on the tax return.
  • Wage and earning statement(s) Forms W-2 from all employers.
  • Other income statements (Forms 1099).
  • Form 1095-A, B or C for the Affordable Health Care forms and healthcare info.
  • A copy of last year’s federal and state returns if itemizing.
  • Bank routing numbers and account numbers for direct deposit.
  • Everything saying “important tax document” on it.
  • Rent paid out-of-pocket, landlord’s name(s) and address or 2015 property taxes and the home’s taxable value.
  • Home heating costs as reported on the December – March utility bills.

In 2015, over 125 volunteers gathered a combined total of more than $7.2 million in tax refunds and credits from over 7,700 man hours logged.

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