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The Journal Gazette

Saturday, February 23, 2019 1:00 am

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Help in making this time of year less taxing

To get help

Starting next week and through April walk-in tax assistance clinics are available at two Allen County locations:

• American Red Cross, 1212 California Rd., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday

• St. Mary's Catholic Church, 1101 S. Lafayette St., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday

For more information and a list of documents to bring, go to volunteerfortwayne.org, or call the United Way helpline, 211.

Assistance is also available by appointment at Noble, Steuben and DeKalb county locations. Call 422-5625.

“Be thankful,” Will Rogers once said, “we're not getting all the government we're paying for.”

Not even humor, though, can make one of life's inevitable tasks less burdensome.  As tax season is again upon us, the simple truth is that almost no one looks forward to wrestling with those forms. 

Families with an income of less than $54,000 can get help. Beginning Tuesday, IRS-certified volunteers will be available to help fill out federal and state tax returns for such families, free of charge. The volunteers are trained to help ensure you receive all refunds you're eligible for. Taking advantage of earned-income tax credits and other credits may mean several thousands of dollars in refunds. 

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program is a partnership of the Volunteer Center and United Way of Allen County. According to the center, “The program assists over 2,000 families every year, generating over $2 million in tax refunds ... back into the pockets of hard-working families.”