Local organizations providing free tax help

Posted at 2:25 PM, Jan 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-23 18:14:30-05
It’s officially tax season. Starting Monday, people can file their income tax returns.
The state’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program provides free help with filing taxes to low to moderate income residents.
In Milwaukee County, the Social Development Commission is the lead agency and largest preparer of taxes for the county’s VITA program. To qualify for help through the SDC, someone must live in Milwaukee County and have an income of $56-thousand a year or less.
For a list of all VITA locations around the state, and their hours, click here
The SDC offers four locations in Milwaukee County. 
“Doing your own taxes can be intimidating,” said Patrice Harris, Director of Community Relations and Marting at the Social Development Commission. “You might miss something and have to circle back with the IRS.”
Harris said this is the 16th year the SDC has been providing free tax help to those who qualify for it.
For information on what to bring with you if you qualify for the free assistance, click here.
Harris said this year, tax preparers want people to know that those claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit, and/or Additional Child Tax Credit, will not receive a refund prior to February 15 due to changes to the tax laws passed by the federal government.
You can file your tax return all the way through April 18th.
The 2017 VITA program is sponsored by Forest County Potawatomi Foundation, the City of Milwaukee, Associated Bank Foundation, Guaranty Bank, Northwestern Mutual, Landmark Credit Union and Great Midwest Bank, Harris said. 

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