For the twelfth consecutive year, Lake County’s free tax preparation assistance is available to low-income families and individuals, new to Geauga County this year.
According to a press release, Lifeline aims to help families and individuals meet their filing requirements, find loans they may not know about, and protect them from unnecessary costs.
“Many people have difficulty preparing taxes,” said managing director Carrie Dotson in the press release. “People on low incomes really can’t afford expensive advice on how to get the refund they should. We want everyone to know that there is an alternative. “
In particular, Dotson believes Lifeline can help many families and individuals who may not realize they qualify for Earned Income Credit, the news release said. The EIC is a federal income tax credit for families and low- to middle-income individuals.
“A lot of families are financially in a different place than they were a year ago,” said Dotson. “If they earned less in 2020 than they did in 2019, they might qualify for the loan but don’t think about it.”
Even single adults and couples without children can qualify for credit, although families with children receive larger credits.
“Millions of EIC dollars are unclaimed every year,” said Dotson. “We don’t want that to happen in our church. The low-income people in Lake and Geauga counties can count on Lifeline, Inc. for free tax assistance. “
Lifeline uses volunteers who have been trained and certified by the IRS as part of its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. VITA volunteers offer low-income, elderly and disabled people free income tax assistance.
This year, Lifeline VITA volunteers have added military certifications to their knowledge base and can help prepare tax returns for active and experienced military personnel, the press release said.
“Filing for the 2021 tax season starts on February 12th and we will start preparing taxes on February 1st,” said Tiffany Menosky, coordinator of the Lifeline program, in the press release. “Our volunteers have invested many hours in the past two months preparing and certifying as IRS trained volunteers.
“All of our volunteers are certified for advanced return this year to ensure we can help more people in our clinics.”
Through the tax clinics, Lifeline volunteers have completed tax returns for over 1,500 residents for a total of $ 1,995,268. Our customers kept every penny of these tax returns, the press release says.
Residents who meet Lifeline’s federal income guidelines receive free tax preparation. Clinics are available on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays only by appointment until April 15th.
The clinics are held in Lifeline’s Painesville office at One Victoria Place Suite 265 A, Perry Senior Center in Perry, Wickliffe Family Resource Center and Lifeline Geauga Office at 12375 Kinsman Road Building H in Newbury.
Appointments can be made by calling Lifeline’s Lake County 2-1-1 at 2-1-1 or 440-639-4420.
All tax clinics are held in person only by appointment and are safe and socially remote in compliance with all CDC guidelines, the press release said.
For more information, please contact Menosky at 440-354-2148 ext. 231 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can find more information about Lifeline at www.lclifeline.org or on Facebook.