Tax assistance program offers free help this Friday

MEADVILLE — The Meadville Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) will have staff available at the Meadville Public Library from noon to 4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25 to answer questions about the Earned Income Tax Credit.

They will also make appointments with taxpayers who would like to take advantage of VITA’s free tax preparation service, which is available for residents of Meadville and other communities in Crawford County who made $50,000 or less in 2012.

Friday is the seventh annual Earned Income Tax Credit National Awareness Day.

Meadville taxpayers may be losing thousands of dollars a year because they did not file their income tax and specifically claim the Earned Income Tax Credit.  The EITC helps low-income workers with a refundable tax credit based on income earned in the labor force.

Typically, families with children apply for this credit, but many others may be eligible for EITC.  These workers include those whose income or family status changed in the last year, farm and other rural workers, self-employed individuals, workers with disabilities, workers in nontraditional situations, such as grandparents raising grandchildren, and childless workers, especially those whose earnings may be too low to require filing.

The Meadville VITA Free Tax site at the Meadville Public Library, which opens on February 4, will provide free tax preparation services on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For additional information, contact Meadville VITA at 814-795-4650.

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