Free tax prep available for families

Published 12:54 pm Friday, January 15, 2016

Free income tax preparation services are available for Alabama families making less than $52,000 a year with children in the home or $20,000 per year without children in the home.

Impact Alabama’s SaveFirst initiative is aimed at assisting families eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit — an antipoverty program for low-income, working families.

Impact Alabama’s SaveFirst initiative is in its tenth year of operation. Last year, over 660 trained students from twenty campuses prepared tax returns for more than 8,600 families in cities statewide.

Its statewide campus collaboration helped these working families secure more than $15 million in tax refunds, saving them over $2.6 million in commercial tax preparation fees. Impact Alabama, an AmeriCorps program, is housed at the Center for Ethics & Social Responsibility at the University of Alabama.

Alabama residents interested in scheduling a free tax preparation appointment should call 1-888-99-TAX-AL. Daytime, evening and Saturday hours for tax preparation are available by appointment only and services will be provided at the Butler County Schools Board of Education, located at 211 School Highlands Rd. in Greenville.