Agencies offer income-tax help beginning Saturday

Staff report


“Super Saturday,” the start of the local free income-tax assistance program, is Saturday.

The tax event coincides with the second annual Family Financial Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Mahoning-Youngstown Community Action Partnership, at 101 E. Federal St. in downtown Youngstown.

The free fair includes refreshments, tables staffed by local financial and service agencies and talks on topics of interest. And for the first time, those attending may choose to do their own taxes under the guidance of an IRS-trained and certified tax preparers using the IRS Beehive program.

“The Family Financial Fair is a great chance to learn about valuable community resources available to help individuals and families in these troubling economic times,” said Bob Hannon, president of the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley.

Also Saturday, the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs will begin at MYCAP and Youngstown State University’s Williamson College of Business Administration.

Thereafter a number of VITA and TCE locations throughout the county will be open throughout the tax filing season.

VITA offers free assistance to taxpayers, including but not limited to persons with disabilities, students, and older taxpayers who file Form 1040EZ, Form 1040A, or a basic Form 1040 Federal tax return.

VITA volunteers also alert taxpayers to special credits and deductions for which they may be eligible. Taxpayers who visit a VITA site should bring wage and earnings statements (Form W-2) from all employers, interest statements from banks (Forms 1099), a copy of last year’s tax return if available, and other relevant information about income and expenses.

Taxpayers with complex returns may need to see an accountant.

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