Organizations like Community Resources and its offices in Parkersburg and around the valley expect a lot of traffic from taxpayers looking to take advantage of its free filing services. Some are even referred from commercial tax preparation companies.
"Each year, we grow in numbers through our VITA program," says Rose Kinney, Regional Coordinator of the program for Community Resources. Word of mouth is still our best advertisement. "People return year after year; we have several returning clients this year who have been here through the years."
VITA stands for Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, with tax preparation done by volunteers certified by the Internal Revenue Service. Qualified residents must present identification in the form of a valid drivers license, and a social security card for themselves and family members.
A previous successful e-filing can also be accepted in the place of a Social Security card. the VITA service is available to people making less than $50,000 a year.
"You can have investments over $3500, no capital gains or losses, no properties, no self-employment issues like that," Kinney says.
Kinney says the office is expected to be busy through at least early March.
Community Resources office on Avery street is open daily for tax filers, but that's by appointment only.
There are walk-in sites for tax assistance at the Vienna Public Library from 6-8 P.M on Tuesday evenings, from 10 A.M.-1 P.M. on Wednesdays...and at the Wesbanco branch at the Gihon Village Shopping Center from noon to 3 P.M. Wednesdays.
And in Ohio, the Caring Connection also provides free tax assistance...again, by appontment only...at its site at 411 Scammel street in Marietta.
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