LakewoodAlive, ESOP Join Forces to Offer Free Tax Preparation on March 3

Call 211 Today to Schedule Your “Super Saturday” Appointment

LakewoodAlive has teamed with Empowering and Strengthening Ohio’s People (ESOP) to offer free tax preparation and filing to working low-income families and individuals on Saturday, March 3.  “Super Saturday” takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Harrison Elementary School in Lakewood’s Historic Birdtown Neighborhood (2080 Quail Street).

LakewoodAlive Super Saturday Tax Preparation

Super Saturday takes place on March 3 at Harrison Elementary School.

Call 211 today to schedule your appointment to have your taxes done for free by one of ESOP’s certified tax preparers.  Walk-ins are welcome but will be seen after all scheduled appointments.

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Program provides free tax preparation to working low-income individuals and families by trained, certified volunteers through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program.  Tax preparers will help participants receive their full income tax refund – as much as $6,318 in refund monies utilizing electronic filing and direct deposit.

Tax Credit Eligibility Guidelines for Tax Year 2017:

  • Families with three or more qualifying children who earned less than $48,340 in 2017 (or less than $53,930 for married filing jointly) are eligible for a credit of up to $6,318.
  • Families with two qualifying children who earned less than $45,007 in 2017 (or less than $50,597 for married filing jointly) are eligible for a credit of up to $5,616.
  • Families with one qualifying child who earned less than $39,617 in 2017 (or less than $45,207 for married filing jointly) are eligible for a credit of up to $3,400.
  • Individuals who do not have a qualifying child, but are between the ages of 25 and 64, with earned income of less than $15,010 in 2017 (or less than $20,600 for married filing jointly) are eligible for a credit up to $510.

Participants should bring the following items on March 3: IRS 2017 W2s and 1099s, Social Security Cards for all family members, government-issued photo of each person signing the return, childcare expense statement including the provider’s Tax ID number, bank account and routing numbers for direct deposit of refund and Form 1099-INT for any checking or savings interest.

For more information, please visit LakewoodAlive.org/events or contact Allison Urbanek, LakewoodAlive’s Housing Outreach Director, at 216-521-0655.