Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program offers free tax return preparation for eligible residents
JACKSON COUNTY, MI — The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program is offering eligible residents of Jackson, Lenawee and Hillsdale counties free tax return preparation.
For households with an income of $57,000 or less, the tax assistance program at Community Action Agency offers free tax return preparations for those who are interested.
“It goes beyond words to be able to provide this service and help those who can’t necessarily afford it,” said Tami Farnum, director of the VITA program. “This is a foundation where we can educate residents to build their assets and gain financial independence that they need to become self-sufficient and it really brings us all joy to be able to help.”
After passing the IRS certification, trained and certified volunteers will prepare tax returns for clients who are eligible in Jackson and neighboring counties. Every return will go through a quality review process before being completed.
Automated appointment scheduling will begin on Wednesday, Jan. 19, with an option to speak with a live representative. To schedule an appointment, call 517-247-2099, or visit Community Action Agency’s website.
As spots will fill up quickly, CAA will be adding additional appointment times every couple of weeks throughout the tax season based on volunteer availability, said Farnum.
In-person tax preparation sites will be available at the Arbor Church in Spring Arbor, 120 E. Main Street, and at the Department on Aging in Jackson County, 1715 Lansing Avenue.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, drop-off locations are being offered to residents. Once tax preparations are finished, clients will be contacted with finalized documents. The following locations will operate as drop-off sites in Jackson, Lenawee and Hillsdale counties.
Community Action Agency office: 1208 Greenwood Avenue in Jackson.
Lenawee County Human Services building: 1040 S. Winter Street suite 3010 in Adrian.
Hillsdale Community Library: 11 E. Bacon Street in Hillsdale.
Those with an income of $73,000 or less have an option to file their tax return for free at My Free Taxes website. This option is available to anyone that falls under the criteria.
If needing assistance in using the My Free Taxes website, a volunteer tax preparer will be available Mon.-Thurs. afternoons at the Carnegie Branch of Jackson District Library at 244 W. Michigan Avenue in downtown Jackson. No appointment is necessary.
COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place at all tax preparation sites. For more information, call Tami Farnum at 517-539-8325.
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