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EITC Coalition Announces Free Tax Preparation Services

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Donisha Greene, (216) 443-7075; dgreene@cuyahogacounty.us  

Serving low-middle income residents through April 15th

CLEVELAND – Cuyahoga County and the Cuyahoga Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Coalition, led by Enterprise Community Partners, will host free tax preparation services beginning this week through April. Last year in Cuyahoga County, the EITC Coalition served over 15,000 people and brought back more than $22 million to the community.

The free tax preparation services announced today will be provided at several locations across Cuyahoga County. Families and individuals who earn less than $53,930 annually are eligible to participate. Visit www.refundohio.org to view list of locations. Appointments can be scheduled by dialing 2-1-1.

Tax returns will be prepared and e-filed by IRS-certified tax preparation volunteers, who will also help taxpayers verify if they qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit, the Child Tax Credit, and/or other federal benefits.

The EITC Coalition, led by Enterprise Community Partners, includes dozens of local partners. Cuyahoga County, which is one of the EITC Coalition’s largest financial partners, is providing two County locations to host tax prep services. These are:

West Shore Neighborhood Family Service Center
9830 Lorain Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44102
Mondays & Wednesdays 5PM – 8:30PM
Saturdays 9AM – 2:30PM

Division of Senior and Adult Services – NEW location
13815 Kinsman Road
Cleveland, Ohio 44120
Fridays starting 1/27/17 10AM – 2PM

The series of free tax prep locations will also include several “Super Saturday” events at select locations and a larger number of volunteers will be on hand to provide additional assistance. These include:

February 4 – 9AM - 3PM

Saint Ignatius High School (co-hosted by Key Bank)
Library Room
1911 West 30th St
Cleveland, Ohio 44113

Cleveland Central Catholic High School (co-hosted by Third Federal Savings & Loan)
1st Floor Atrium
6550 Baxter Ave.
Cleveland, Ohio 44105

February 11 – 9AM – 2PM

PNC Fairfax Connection (co-hosted by PNC Bank)
8220 Carnegie Ave.
Cleveland, Ohio 44103

February 18 – 9AM – 2PM

Notre Dame College (co-hosted by Ohio Savings Bank)
Administrative Bldg -2nd Floor
4545 College Road
South Euclid, Ohio 44120

February 25 – 9AM – 2PM

Stephanie Tubbs –Jones Community Building (co-hosted by Ohio Savings Bank)
3420 Lee Road
Shaker Heights, Ohio 44120

Required documentation for tax preparation includes: 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 the taxpayer purchased health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, they should bring 1099 tax credit from the issuing health insurance company.

The EITC Coalition is a volunteer driven program. Free training is available to become an IRS certified tax preparer for community members who want to volunteer to prepare taxes.

For more information, please visit www.refundohio.org or www.cjfs.cuyahogacounty.us