12/26/07 — Legal Aid of N.C. offers free tax help

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Legal Aid of N.C. offers free tax help

By Dennis Hill
Published in News on December 26, 2007 1:52 PM

Tax season is nearly here and Legal Aid of North Carolina is reaching out to its clients and other low-income persons to provide free, personal income tax return preparation assistance.

To qualify for this free service, a family has to have made under $40,000.

"Whether a person worked all year or just a part of the year, they can use this free service," said Willette Crews, the organizations tax assistance project coordinator.

The service is sponsored by LANC with the IRS providing oversight under its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program. Trained volunteers will be able to help clients with special credits, such as earned income tax credit, which is refundable federal income tax credit for low-income working individuals and families.

"We want people to take advantage of this free service," said Crews. "Family budgets are tight and this directly benefits families by saving them money."

In addition to free tax return preparation assistance, Legal Aid will also offer free electronic filing. Individuals taking advantage of the e-file program will receive their refunds in half the time compared to returns filed on paper -- even faster if you have your refund deposited directly into your bank account.

Tax preparation services will take place by appointment at 20 Legal Aid offices across the state.

Appointments for tax preparation can be scheduled by calling LANC's toll-free telephone number, 1-866-219-LANC (1-866-219-5262) or by calling a local LANC office.

Additional information on the tax assistance program may be found on the LANC Internet website at https://www.legalaidnc.org/Public/Participate/TAP/default.aspx.

Legal Aid of North Carolina is a statewide, nonprofit law firm that provides free legal services in civil matters to eligible, low-income people in all 100 counties. LANC's clients typically have an annual income of 125% or less of the federally established poverty levels.