Pathfinder HomeOwnership Center, the Community Development division of Pathfinder Services, will again be providing FREE tax preparation assistance to those who made less than $55,000 in 2016. 2017 marks the eighth year for the Volunteer Income Tax Preparation (VITA) Program. The Pathfinder HomeOwnership Center will begin offering this service on Monday, January 23 and the service will run through Monday, April 17. A drop-off option is also available.
For those who wish to work one-on-one with a certified IRS preparer to file both state and federal taxes for free, call 260-355-2510 or email [email protected] to make an appointment. Appointments are limited and are on a first come, first served basis. The hours for free tax preparation are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9AM – 8PM, Wednesday from 9AM – 5PM and Saturdays in February. For those wanting to take advantage of the drop-off option, hours for drop-off are on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 9 -11 AM, 1-3 PM and 5-7 PM at Pathfinder Services, 2824 Theater Avenue, Huntington, IN 46750.
Earned Income Tax Credit
The Earned Income Tax Credits or EITC provides tax credits to working adults and families with low or moderate incomes. Money can be used to pay down debts, buy things you need, or can be saved for the future. You could be eligible for up to $6,242 through EITC. Don’t pay hundreds of dollars to file your taxes when you qualify to file for free!
Do You Qualify for Earned Income Tax Credit?
- Yes, if you have no children and made under $14,820 in 2016, or if you have no children and made under $20,330 if married filing jointly.
- Yes, if you have 1 child and made under $39,131 in 2016, or if you have 1 child and made under $44,641 if married filing jointly.
- Yes, if you have 2 children and made under $44,451 in 2016, or if you have 2 children and made under $49,974 if married filing jointly.
- Yes, if you have 3 or more children and made under $47,747, or if you have 3 or more children and made under $53,267 if married filing jointly.
Interested in Volunteering?
Anyone can volunteer for the free tax preparation as the IRS provides free tax law training and all the materials needed to prepare basic individual tax returns. Volunteers do not need to have prior tax preparation experience; Pathfinder HomeOwnership Center will train all volunteers. Volunteers can work as many hours as they would like. Absolutely NO tax experience is necessary. All training and materials will be provided by Pathfinder Services and the Internal Revenue Service. Commitment level and scheduling is very flexible- we work with your availability. The success of this program is hugely dependent on volunteers. Want a way to get involved in the community? This valuable service is a great place to start.” Click here to download: How to be a Volunteer (PDF)