Cuyahoga County and EITC Coalition Announce Joint Effort to Provide Free Tax Preparation Services

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Emily Lundgard, (216) 348-4395
Donisha Greene

Services for low to middle-income families at 24 locations through April 15th

Cleveland, OH – Cuyahoga County and the Cuyahoga Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Coalition will host free tax preparation services as part of the Volunteer Income  Tax Assistance (VITA) Program. 

“I am excited to support the VITA Program. In 2014 alone, the Program served  12,000 people and brought back more than $14.8 million to the community,”  said Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish.Cuyahoga County is proud to serve  our region’s hard working low to middle-income families and I’d like to thank the Cuyahoga County staff and many volunteers who make this great  program possible. ”

The series announced today includes 24 locations across Cuyahoga County where free tax  preparation services will be offered for residents. Taxpayers who earn less than $52,427 annually and are filing a simple return are eligible to participate. For a full list of locations and to schedule an appointment, visit or call 2-1-1/United Way First Call for Help.

The VITA Program will also include several &ldquo Super Saturday events at select locations where a larger number of volunteers will be on hand to provide additional assistance. These include:

February 7
  • Saint Ignatius High School (co-hosted by Key Bank)
  • Cleveland Central Catholic High School (co-hosted by Third Federal Savings and Loan)

February 14

  • Spanish American Committee (co-hosted by Ohio Savings Bank)

February 21
  • Famicos –St. Martin De Porres High School (co-hosted by Fifth Third Bank)
  • Fairfax Connection (co-hosted by PNC Bank)

Tax returns will be prepared and filed by IRS-certified tax preparation volunteers, who will also notify taxpayers if they qualify for certain federal tax benefits, including the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit.

Required documentation for tax preparation will include: Current photo identification,  Social Security cards for each adult and child, W2 and 1099 income statements, child care expense statement and provider’s Tax I.D. Number, Form 1099-INT for any checking or savings accounts, and bank account and routing numbers for direct deposit. If you purchased health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, bring 1099 tax credit from the issuing health insurance company.