Tax filing help, free


Each year, millions of dollars of earned income tax credit go unclaimed by eligible families. For that reason, United Way of Hancock County is offering free tax clinics to help Findlay and surrounding area residents claim this money. The clinics are intended for low-to-moderate income families eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and other government assistance programs. The clinics can also help families with children about to enter college with FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) applications. United Way began offering tax clinics in 2008, in association with the Ohio Benefit Bank, which provides tax form software, while United Way provides counselors, computers, and the spaces where clinics are hosted. The Ohio Benefit Bank also hosts a free tax filing system on their website. Interested parties should call 2-1-1; information and referral professionals—real live people!—will help callers find a clinic near them, and determine what they need to bring to the tax clinic. The tax clinics will file until Monday, April 15th, the end of tax season. For more information, call 419-423-1432.