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Carroll agencies offer free tax return assistance

Carroll Community College and Human Services Programs of Carroll County are offering free income tax preparation assistance for residents as tax season looms.

Both organizations are qualified IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites that offer to prepare tax returns free of charge for qualified individuals.

VITA offers free assistance to those with low-to-moderate incomes, including people with disabilities and the elderly. Residents who made less than $52,000 in 2013 may qualify for the service.

Human Services has also partnered with PNC Bank to provide free debit cards for tax refunds and free check cashing.

Appointments with Human Services are available now through April 15. Appointments may be made 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on select Saturdays.

At Carroll Community College, returns will be prepared free of charge for qualified individuals by trained and certified students from Feb. 4 through April 12.

To schedule an appointment with Human Services, call 410-857-2999 ext. 3041.

Taxpayers who qualify and file Form 1040EZ, Form 1040A, or basic Form 1040 federal tax returns are invited to inquire about the service. In many cases, returns can be filed electronically.

All tax preparation at the college is by appointment. Both day and evening appointments are available.

To schedule an appointment, contact Linda Brandt at 410-386-8242 or via email at lbrandt@carrollcc.edu.

For more information on the college VITA program, contact Kate Demarest, program coordinator, at kdemarest@carrollcc.edu.

Items to bring to your appointment include:

• photo identification

• social security or ITIN card

• wage and earning statements (W-2) from all employers

• interest statements from banks (Form 1099)

• Social Security statement, if you are collecting Social Security

• other relevant information about income and expenses

• a copy of last year's tax return, if available

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