Medina County Job and Family Services and United Way of Medina County are helping people get the most possible money back when they file their taxes.
The agencies will host six free tax preparation clinics in February and March. Those eligible for the clinics must have a household income of less than $57,000, not claim any capital gains and not be self-employed. Staff running the clinic will determine if participants are eligible for credits including the child care credit, first-time homebuyer credit and the earned income tax credit.
“The earned income tax credit is the singularly best program we have to eliminate poverty,” JFS director Mead Wilkins said. The federal program, originally approved by Congress in 1975, is a refundable tax credit for working, low-income families with qualifying income. Wilkins said that those who qualify might be refunded more taxes than they paid.
The maximum credit for 2009 is $3,043 for a family with one child and $5,028 for families with two or more children.
Wilkins said because the program is income-tax based, it provides incentive to work.
“It really is truly an anti-poverty program. It really will truly lift people out of poverty,” he said.
This is the fourth year the Medina County JFS is sponsoring tax-preparation clinics. In 2008, JFS staff served 74 clients who received refunds totaling $74,512. They almost doubled those numbers in 2009, when they served 137 clients with refunds totaling $184,121.
“We’re hoping to double it again this year,” said Cheryl Mason, administrator for the JFS.
The clinics will help taxpayers file their state and federal returns electronically, which will allow them to receive their refunds within seven days. Help filing municipal tax returns will not be available at the clinics.
Contact Maria Kacik at (330) 721-4049 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tax preparation clinics
To schedule an appointment for a tax preparation clinic sponsored by Medina County Job and Family Services, 232 Northland Drive, Medina, call (330) 722-9300, ext. 241, 247 or 215. Each clinic is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the following dates: Feb. 6 and 20, and March 6.
To schedule an appointment for a clinic sponsored by United Way of Medina County, call (330) 725-3926, ext. 207. Each clinic is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the following dates: Feb. 13, Lodi Resource Center, 119 Bank St.; Feb. 20, Midpoint Campus Center, 50 Pearl Road, Brunswick; and March 13, Wadsworth Salvation Army, 537 College St.