Tax Preparation

NMCAA affords two strategies of tax preparation for 2020 taxes

Benzie and Manistee counties also have local options

Posted on Monday, March 8th, 2021 at 1:06 a.m. EST

  • The Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency can help people file their taxes for free if they meet certain conditions. (Courtesy Photo / Pixabay)

    The Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency can help people file their taxes for free if they meet certain conditions. (Courtesy Photo / Pixabay)

The Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency can help people file their taxes for free if they meet certain conditions. (Courtesy Photo / Pixabay)

The Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency can help people file their taxes for free if they meet certain conditions. (Courtesy Photo / Pixabay)

The NMCAA offers two methods of tax preparation for the 2020 tax

TRAVERSE CITY – Tax season is here and the Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency is offering free tax preparation services in a year when many people may face new tax situations related to the pandemic.

NMCAA has IRS-certified professionals trained to provide applicants with the credits and refunds they are entitled to as well as help with these new pandemic-related tax issues. Anyone who made less than $ 72,000 in 2020, all seniors, people with disabilities and those with limited English speaking and in Grand Traverse, Benzie, Leelanau, Kalkaska, Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, Missaukee, Wexford and Roscommon live can choose two service options.

One way is to file tax returns with NMCAA using a virtual service that includes online filing, contactless communication, and drop box locations. The program is free, includes instructions from IRS-certified experts, guarantees 100% accurate returns, maximum refunds, and security for personal information. The process is usually completed in a few days.

Visit nmcaa.net/taxes, call (800) 632-7334, or email tax@nmcaa.net to get started.

NMCAA’s tax experts can help people with specific tax situations caused by the pandemic, such as: B. Taxes on unemployment benefits, deductions for the home office, getting money back if no stimulus check has been received or what to do in 2020 against lost wages or even job losses. NMCAA tax advisors can also help “gig” workers and taxpayers against fraud to warn.

The second option is do-it-yourself tax preparation through myfreetaxes.com, offered by United Way and supported by the IRS. The service is free for many people, and a low fee is charged for others who are self-employed or have other common tax situations, averaging $ 200 less than other tax advisors. The program covers common tax situations (unemployment, self-employment, earned income credit, mortgage and student loan deductions, etc.) and most people can complete the preparation in under an hour.

You can also find tax assistance locally in the districts of Benzie and Manistee.

BENZIE COUNTY

Benzie Senior Resources works with NMCAA to help people prepare and file their taxes.

Employees can call Benzie Senior Resources and will be emailed a package with all the required tax forms and instructions.

“Give us a call and we’ll send you a formwork package with instructions,” said Doug Durand, managing director of BSR. “When you have completed the formwork and gathered your documents, either send them to the NMCAA (their address will be included in the package) or drop them off in our drop box on the west side of the BSR administration office. If they are dropped, here in ours Dropbox we will forward them to the coordinator and / or creator of the NMCAA control program. They will then prepare your return and contact you if you have any questions. “

NMCAA prints and sends a tax return to the applicant and instructs them to call NMCAA to review the taxes prepared. After verification, NMCAA submits the return electronically and the original documents are returned to the submitter.

MANISTEE COUNTY

FiveCAP Inc. offers free tax assistance to eligible low-income residents of Manistee County.

FiveCAP believes that a low income is below 200% of the federal poverty policy.

Individuals interested in these services can call the Manistee County FiveCAP office at (231) 723-8327 to make an appointment.

Eligible residents not only receive help with credits and returns from the federal and state governments, but also support with submitting property tax / rental credits for homesteads, heating credits for homes and tax credits for children.

Residents who are not required to file taxes are encouraged to do so in order to receive money back to offset annual living expenses.

When people eligible for assistance contact FiveCAP to schedule an appointment, they will be given a list of documents they will need to bring with them in preparation for their taxes.

The Manistee County Council on Aging usually helps with tax preparation but will not be offering the service this year.

MCCOA receptionist Jo Hall said volunteers should have received training in the fall but not due to uncertainty about what type of COVID-19 restrictions might exist.

She said the Council on Aging plans to offer tax assistance in 2022.

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