Free tax help at Good Samaritan


By Chris Cooper - ccooper@newsdemocratleader.com



Do You Need To File Your Taxes? Free tax preparation is available through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program. Logan County Good Samaritan is the local VITA site and offers several options for getting your taxes filed.

IRS certified preparers can prepare and file your return while you wait or, new this year, through a drop off service. The limit for these free services is $54,000.

Also offered is the free self-file service where the computer, printer and internet access is provided and IRS certified preparers can answer most questions the taxpayer may have while filing their own taxes.

Those making below $62,000 may file their own return by visiting myfreetaxes.com with or without assistance.

The Assisted Self filing option offers taxpayers the ability to prepare their return at home or in our office. Should a taxpayer decide to file at home and later discover that they need assistance or just want someone certified to double check the return, they can save the return and then call the office for an appointment to complete the return with assistance.

“We are excited to be adding the drop off service this year,” said Denice McDonald, director of Logan County Good Samaritan. “This will allow us to increase the number of people we can assist while relieving stress on both the preparers and taxpayers.”

An intake/interview sheet is used for all returns prepared by VITA sites. These may be picked up at the Good Samaritan office or by visiting the Good Samaritan website www.logancountygoodsam.com and going to “Services Offered” then “Tax Preparation” and clicking on the link.

“Whether our volunteers file the tax return or the taxpayers file themselves, all taxpayers receive a copy of their return and an envelope to keep it and their records in,” said McDonald.

All services are provided by appointment only so please call 270-726-9002 to schedule an appointment.

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By Chris Cooper

ccooper@newsdemocratleader.com

To contact Chris Cooper, email ccooper@newsdemocratleader.com or call 270-726-8394.

To contact Chris Cooper, email ccooper@newsdemocratleader.com or call 270-726-8394.

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