As tax season officially kicks off, one local organization is helping area residents with what many consider a very cumbersome task.
The United Way of Muskingum, Morgan and Perry counties is holding sessions throughout February and March, helping citizens with their taxes.
"It can be scary because you hear people get audited and any little mistake and they can come back and want more information," said Amy Davis of the United Way. "Because of the software we use there are very few mistakes."
Ken Houston has attended the tax prep session for the last four years.
"It’s been extremely helpful," he said. "I have a home computer myself and I could do some of these things, but I don’t have the facilities where I could get it direct deposited, e-filed, meaning I get my return quicker. It’s been extremely helpful."
Davis said some who participate have questions when coming in to file their taxes.
"Do I qualify for the earned income tax credits," she said. "We determine that once we do their taxes, how many dependents they have, things like that. They have forms where they’re not quite sure. Do I file for this or how do I file this?"
Davis has some tips for anyone filing their taxes. She said to make sure birthdays and social securities are correct. If not, your taxes will be sent back.
She said if you are doing direct deposit, to make sure your checking or savings account number are correct or your return could end up in someone else’s hands.
The United Way will hold other appointments throughout February and March.
For more information, call the United Way 454-6872.