CADC providing free tax preparation services

BENTON – Local residents can receive valuable help at tax time from Central Arkansas[more] Development Council, which is offering free tax preparation assistance in Saline County.

Free electronic filing will be offered at the following locations and times:

• CADC Senior Activity Center, 210 Jefferson in Benton. The site is open Mondays and Tuesdays, 7:30 am until 2:30 pm, and walk-ins are accepted.

• Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library, 1800 Smithers Drive in Benton. The site open for appointments only. Call 501-778-1133 to schedule an appointment.

• Super Tax Filing Day will be held Saturday, February 9, 9 am until 2 pm at the CADC Bryant Senior Activity Center, 6401 Boone Road #3 in Bryant. Walk-ins are welcome.

Many low-wage workers will qualify for the Earned Income Credit (EIC) for the first time because their income declined or they became unemployed. Tax refunds through the EIC and Child Tax Credit can help low- and moderate-income families cover day-to-day expenses such as utilities, rent, and child care. Families with three or more children also get an extra boost with a larger EIC this year. For workers with three or more children who earned less than $45,060 (single parent) or less than $50,270 (married) in 2012, they may qualify for up to $5,891 in Earned Income Tax Credit, if they qualify.

The IRS estimates that three out of four persons who apply for the credit qualify. CADC tax volunteers can help determine if you qualify for that or other credits.

At CADC tax sites, IRS-certified volunteer tax preparers work one-on-one with families and individuals to help file their tax returns and ensure that they receive the tax credits for which they qualify. Sites also provide information on financial education classes and saving with US Savings Bonds. Customers can split refunds into multiple accounts, or if they don't hold a bank account, can receive their refund on a debit card.

Persons utilizing the sites should bring their family's Social Security Cards, picture ID, W-2/1099s, a copy of last year's return, bank account information for direct deposit or splitting a refund to several accounts, and any other pertinent information.

CADC is a private nonprofit community action agency that was formed in 1965 to fight and win the “War on Poverty.” The mission of CADC is to improve the quality of life and build strong communities in Arkansas. For more information, please contact CADC at 501-778-1133.

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