File Simple Tax Returns for Free

by Kelly Choate on January 23, 2012 at 5:09 am

The stress of tax season can be overwhelming, but a non-profit organization is here to help.

The United Way of Muskingum, Perry and Morgan Counties is looking for people who need assistance with their tax returns.  Financial Stability Partnership Coordinator Amy Davis said about 100 appointments are in the books so far, but there’s still plenty of room for anyone wishing to meet with a counselor.  She said families and individuals can save big bucks by attending one of the upcoming clinics.

"Some of the bigger places can cost $250 to file," said Davis.  "They’re taking your tax return to file it, so instead of losing that money, you can have it done at the clinics absolutely free of charge, and you get to keep all of your refund."

Davis said that only simple returns can be filed, so those who own a small business or rental property should see a tax professional.  The returns are filed by volunteers who have completed hours of training to be certified by the IRS.

"Volunteers will meet with the clients at the Muskingum County Opportunity Center during clinic times," said Davis.  "They’ll sit down with the clients, assist them with inputing their information into the software system and then be able to e-file their returns at the end."

Since the program started in 2007, Davis said that 2,200 people have received $1.7 million in refund checks.  For more information, contact Deborah Elliott at (740) 454-6872.