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United Way, RSVP offer tax prep program

United Way of Allen County and Volunteer Center RSVP have organized the Free Tax Preparation Program for Allen County to begin Saturday, Feb. 2. Sites are also available in DeKalb and Noble Counties. Free tax preparation will take place from Feb. 2 to April 13 at a variety of dates, locations and times.
 
Any family or individual earning less than $57,000 annually qualifies for the Free Tax Preparation program organized by members of the Financial Stability Partnership. IRS-certified volunteer tax preparers help residents file their taxes and claim available credits, including the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Credits may help families get as much as a $5,000 refund.
 
Allen County
CANI, 227 E. Washington Blvd.
Monday, Tuesday 6 – 8 p.m. (closed 2/18/13)
Saturday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
 
St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 1101 S. Lafayette St.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 12 – 3 p.m. (closed 2/13/13)
 
Euell A. Wilson Center, 1512 Oxford Ave.
By appointment only, call (260) 456-2917
 
United Hispanic Americans, 2424 Fairfield Ave.
February 21, 28 and March 7, 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Call 2-1-1 for appointment
 
Ivy Tech Community College – Northeast
3800 North Anthony Blvd., Room 2318, Coliseum Campus
February 21 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Call 2-1-1 for appointment
 
Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza (downtown)
Saturdays 9 a.m. – noon.
FAST Site: Self-service site with IRS Certified tax preparers available to assist
 
DeKalb County
RSVP, 107 W 5th St., Auburn
By appointment only, call (260) 925-0917
 
Noble County
Ligonier Police Department, 301 S. Cavin St., Ligonier
By appointment only, call (260) 925-0917
 
To learn more about the Free Tax Preparation program, residents may pick up a flyer at CANI, United Way, Volunteer Center RSVP or many other social service organizations. A flyer can also be downloaded from www.UnitedWayAllenCounty.org/initiatives. Or, residents may dial 2-1-1 and ask for information from a trained phone counselor.
 
Individuals with disabilities may get assistance by calling 2-1-1 to make an appointment. Active Military and National Guard personnel can receive assistance at all of the above sites by appointment by calling the Volunteer Center at (260) 424-3505.
 
Funding for the program is provided by a JPMorgan Chase Foundation grant and a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program grant from the IRS.

Members of the Financial Stability Partnership: United Way of Allen County, Volunteer Center RSVP, Allen County Public Library, Bank On Fort Wayne, Catholic Campaign for Human Dignity, City of Fort Wayne, Community Action of Northeast Indiana, Community Connections, Euell A. Wilson Center, Fifth Third Bank, Financial Hope, Fort Wayne Urban League, Hispanic Leadership Coalition of Northeast Indiana, Internal Revenue Service, Ivy Tech College Northeast, Lake City Bank, PNC Bank, Public Service Credit Union, Purdue Cooperative Extension Service, St. Mary's Catholic Church, and Wells Fargo Bank.

Source: United Way