Free Tax Preparation For Mainers

If you earned less than $50,000 in 2009, you may be eligible to have your taxes done for free.

Every year, thousands of Mainers miss out on income tax credits that they would qualify for, often totaling thousands of dollars per family. In 2009, an estimated 25 percent of qualifying Maine residents did not apply for the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), missing the opportunity to collect upwards of $5,657.

As a benefit to low and moderate-income Mainers, CA$H Maine and AARP Tax-Aide together have set up statewide tax sites to help ensure residents get their due tax refund. For Mainers who made less than $50,000 in 2009, they can have both their federal and state income taxes prepared for free by IRS-certified volunteer tax preparers at the sites, and, be educated about free programs and services in the community that help make the most of their money.

To participate, Maine residents should gather all of their tax statements from all income received in 2009 (W-2, 1099, 1098, SSA and unemployment), gather Social Security cards for each person claimed on their tax return, and dial 2-1-1 to set up an appointment. Interpreters are available upon request.

In 2009, CA$H Maine and AARP Tax-Aide helped Maine residents get back more than $13.9 million in federal and state refunds, including $3.62 million in Earned Income Tax Credits. The extra refund not only helps the deserving families, it also helps the local economy. And that’s a WIN-WIN situation for the state of Maine.

For more information on free tax preparation in Maine please call 2-1-1 or visit them online at: www.211maine.org.
 

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