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Free tax filing offered; help with Earned Income Tax Credits

Beacon Journal staff report

Thousands of area workers are eligible for federal Earned Income Tax Credits — worth as much as $6,044 this year.

The Akron Summit Earned Income Tax Program, beginning Saturday again will offer free tax preparation and help to determine eligibility for the credits. The IRS says such programs are important, as one in five taxpayers do not file for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) that is owed to them.

This year, the EITC income thresholds range from $14,340 to $51,567 depending on filing status and number of dependants.

The maximum credit is $487 for taxpayers with no qualifying children, $3,250 with one, $5,372 with two and $6,044 with three or more.

With electronic filing, residents can get their full refund relatively quickly with direct deposit.

There are five preparation sites for the free tax filing. IRS-certified volunteers will help determine EITC eligibility and prepare returns. Appointments are necessary.

Here are the sites, times and contact information:

■ Akron Summit Community Action Inc., 670 W. Exchange St., Akron; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Appointments can be made by calling the 24-hour appointment line at 1-866-861-6401.

■ Barberton Park and Recreation Active Adult Division, 500 W. Hopocan Ave.; 4 to 7 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Appointments: 1-866-861-6401.

■ Cascade Village, 210 E. North St., Akron; noon to 3 p.m. Tuesdays beginning Feb. 11. Appointments: 1-866-861-6401.

■ University of Akron, College of Business Administration, 259 S. Broadway; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, except during spring break (March 22 and March 29.) Appointments: www.uakron.edu/cba/departments/accountancy. (Click the VITA tab.)

■ Kent State University Library, 1125 Risman Drive, Kent; 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 15 and April 5. Appointments: www.kent.edu/tax/vita

Residents can also get free federal and state tax-preparation help on six “Super Refund Saturday” events. No appointments are needed for these sessions:

■ 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 8 and 15 at Akron Summit Community Action, 670 W. Exchange St., Akron. (Feb. 8 sponsored by KeyBanc; Feb. 15 sponsored by PNC Bank.)

■ 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 15 at the University of Akron, College of Business Administration, 259 S. Broadway. (Sponsored by PNC Bank.)

■ 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Barberton Parks and Recreation Adult Division, 500 Hopocan Ave., Barberton. (Sponsored by FirstMerit Bank.)

■ 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 22 at the University of Akron, College of Business Administration, 259 S. Broadway. (Sponsored by FirstMerit Bank.)

■ 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 1 at Akron Summit Community Action, 670 W. Exchange St., Akron. (Sponsored by Fifth Third Bank.)



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