Generally speaking, paying taxes is not desirable, but a number of student volunteers from The University of Toledo along with the United Way will be working to make the tax season easier and keep some money in northwest Ohio residents’ pockets.
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program consists of students from the College of Business and Innovation working with the United Way’s Free Tax Preparation Program as a way to help community members avoid unnecessary spending and maximize federal and state tax returns.
“Our Free Tax Preparation Program helps people keep more of what they earn, rather than spending their money on paid tax preparation services, taxes-for-cash advances or predatory lending services,” said Jane Moore, executive vice president of the United Way of Greater Toledo.
According to United Way, last year volunteers assisted nearly 2,700 individuals and families, resulting in approximately $3.2 million being returned to Lucas, Wood and Ottawa counties.
“We want to help our neighbors become more financially stable, and this is one of the steps along the path,” Moore said. “We’re taking appointments now, and I encourage anyone, especially students, to take advantage of this free service.”
The program, which will last through the tax season, will focus on individuals or married couples filing jointly with incomes under $51,000.
To set up an appointment or inquire about the service, call 1.800.650.HELP.