Free Assistance For Many in APS Community

Families Have Help on Taxes
Posted on 01/23/2019
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As income tax season prepares to open, local agencies are getting the word out that they again will offer free tax preparation for low- to moderate-income workers.

Despite the partial government shutdown, the IRS has said it will begin accepting paper and electronic tax returns Monday.

United Way of Summit County is offering free tax preparation by appointment for workers from Summit households earning less than $60,000 at its Financial Empowerment Center at 1060 Kenmore Blvd. in Akron.

Separately, the Community Action Akron Summit agency is again offering its Summit County Earned Income Tax Program, providing free tax preparation at various sites.

Both the United Way of Summit County and Community Action Akron Summit work to help more low- to moderate-income families claim the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).

Thousands of area workers are eligible for the EITC, worth as much as $6,431 this year.

Yet the IRS says one in five taxpayers do not file for the credit that is owned to them.

In addition to preparing taxes, the trained volunteers at United Way’s Empowerment Center in Kenmore and at the other sites help taxpayers determine eligibility for the credits.

This year, the EITC income thresholds range from $15,270 to $54,884, depending on filing status and number of dependents.

For example, families that earned less than $49,194 in 2018 (or less than $54,884 for married filing jointly) with three or more qualifying children are eligible for a credit of up to the maximum of $6,431.

To make an appointment for free tax preparation at the United Way Empowerment Center in Kenmore, call 211 or schedule online at uwsummit.org/vita.

Call 866.861.6401 to make an appointment at one of these sites that are part of the Earned Income Tax Program overseen by Community Action Akron Summit.
  • Community Action Akron Summit, 670 W. Exchange St., Akron.
  • Ohio Means Jobs Summit, 1040 E. Tallmadge Ave., Akron.
  • Barberton Community Action Outreach Facility, 105 Fifth St. SE.
Taxpayers can prepare their own tax returns, with help from volunteers, at Community Action Akron Summit, 670 W. Exchange St. The University of Akron George W. Daverio School of Accountancy is offering sessions at the College of Business Administration Building, 259 S. Broadway, Room 106.

UA sessions are for walk-ins only and are from 9 a.m to 5 p.m. Saturdays.

Organizers say taxpayers start signing in for the first-come, first-served sessions around 8 a.m. They recommend signing in no later than 4 p.m. as slots are limited and demand is high.

There will be no sessions March 30 because of spring break. Call 330.972.7586 for more information.

Volunteers at the UA site are undergraduate and graduate accounting students. They are overseen by professors.

For more information about the Earned Income Tax Program, go to www.uakron.edu/cba/ departments/accountancy/vita.dot or www.ca-akron.org/earned-income-tax-credit.

Also, Feb. 2 will be the first of a series of Super Saturday events at which walk-ins will be taken from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Community Action Akron Summit’s facility at 670 W. Exchange St. in Akron.

Super Saturdays will be at the UA accountancy school, 259 S. Broadway, on Feb. 9 and Feb. 16. They will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Participants should bring these items to tax preparation sessions: photo ID (a photo ID is needed for spouse if filing jointly); Social Security cards and/or Social Security number verification letters issued by the Social Security Administration for adults and dependents listed on the return; birth dates for adults and dependents on the tax return; wage and earning statements, such as W-2 forms; interest and dividend statements (Form 1099); any other tax documents needed to accurately complete return; a copy of last year’s federal and state returns if available; total paid for day care provider and the day care provider’s tax identifying number (the provider’s Social Security number or the provider’s employer identification number); and bank routing number and account number if direct deposit is desired. Participants who received health insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace should bring Form 1095-A. 
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