Not everyone needs to file a federal tax return. But if you're under age 65 and earn at least $9,350 — or double that amount if your married filing jointly — Uncle Sam requires you to file a return.
Good news, you don't have to pay to have your returns prepared in many cases.
The Baltimore CASH (Creating Assets, Savings, and Hope) Campaign this morning is announcing 20 sites in Baltimore city and county for free tax preparation for families with incomes under $49,000 and singles with income under $25,000. The nonprofit expects to prepare 16,000 tax returns this season.
If you are within these income limits, also check whether you are eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit by calling United Way's First Call for Help at 410-685-0525 or visiting the nonprofit's online site. The credit is worth thousands of dollars, and Baltimore CASH Campaign estimates that city residents miss out on $29 million in EITC money each year because they fail to claim the credit.
One feature new this year is that taxpayers will be able to mark a box on their tax return to have all or some of their refund moved into U.S. Savings Bonds, the nonprofit noted.
CASA de Maryland 2224 E. Fayette St., 21231 Tues & Fri, 2pm-5pm Sat, 12pm-5pm Appointments preferred, not ADA compliant, but wheelchair accessible, Servicios disponibles en español, llame al 410-732-7777 para hacer una cita
Eastern Community Action Center 1400 E. Federal St., 21213 Mon-Fri, 9am-2:30pm, by appointment only
Southeast Community Development Corp., 3700 Eastern Ave., 21224 Wed-Thurs, 3pm-8pm Sat, 9am-1pm, appointments preferred, walk-ins welcome. Also serves Spanish-speaking taxpayers with Social Security numbers.
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