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It’s income tax filing season, and the majority of Americans will get money back from the government. If you’re not sure about filling out all those tax forms, and can’t afford to pay someone to do it for you, help is available to most lower income taxpayers free of charge. The IRS has a Taxpayer Assistance Center at 815 S. Saginaw in Flint. You can get help and tax forms there Monday-Friday from 8:30 to 4:30.

If you have internet access (If you’re reading this, you do) you can get help at www.irs.gov including downloadable tax forms and frequently asked questions, including ability to email a specific question.

For Michigan State tax assistance, visit www.michigan.gov/treasury and look to the Taxes section for forms, frequently asked questions and refund information.

If you require a bit more help, there are volunteer organizations that can assist you. These services are available to low to moderate income tax filers with a maximum income of $13,440 for a single person with no children and up to $48,000 for couples with three or more children.

The Flint Public Library main branch on E. Kearsley St. offers tax help on Saturdays starting at 9 am until March 20th. First come, first served.

University of Michigan-Flint, 9:30 am on Saturdays March 27, April 3 and April 10th walk in, until slots are filled.

Resource Genesee, 1401 Grand Traverse, Flint. 10-4, Monday, Wednesday and Friday through April 15th. Appointments only (810) 232-6298

ELGA Credit Union administration building, 2305 S. Center, Burton. Feb 12, 19 and March 5th and 12th. Appointments only (810) 600-2556

Hispanic Technology & Community Center, 2101 Lewis St., Flint. 10-4 weekdays through April 15. Appointments only (810) 424-3760

Whether you’re filling out the forms yourself or having someone help you, it helps a lot to have your paperwork in order. W-2 forms, 1099′s, and any other paperwork showing earned income, receipts for possible deductions, it all makes the process easier if you have written proof and are somewhat organized. If you are not sure about what to bring, ask your tax preparer ahead of time.

It has been said that taxes are the price we pay to live in a civilized society. If that is true, we should all get a nice refund!

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