Thrive volunteers help Allen Countians file taxes



January 30, 2013 - 12:00 AM

Thrive Allen County will help county residents complete their income tax forms.
Area residents Georgia Masterson, Jane Tweedy, Larry Tucker and Thrive grant writer John Robertson have volunteered their services. The four have received training to help others file their taxes through the IRS’s free Facilitated Self Assistance program.
Allen Countians who have an adjusted gross income of $57,000 or less will be eligible for free filing. People making more than that income will be charged about $20, which is the basic cost of the filing software through H&R Block.
“We are especially interested in helping people who would file an easy income form,” Robertson said, adding they might be eligible for a refund. 
This is the first time Thrive will be offering the services.
Filing assistance will begin today and go until April 15. It will be each Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. Filing will be first- come, first-serve.
Allen Countians must bring their W2 forms and accompanying paperwork, if applicable. Robertson said it would be helpful for people to come in with an existing email address, which will be necessary for filing. If they do not have an email address the volunteers can help set one up.
“Low-income households with children should consider coming in so they can earn the earned income credit,” Robertson said.

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