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City expands hours for free income tax assistance

Volunteers available to help residents through AARP, CASH Oregon program


The city of Beaverton, in partnership with the American Association of Retired Persons and the CASH — Creating Assets, Savings and Hope Oregon — program, is expanding its hours for free tax assistance available to area residents beginning Monday.

From March 31 through April 15, volunteers will be available on Mondays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Beaverton Activities Center, 12500 S.W. Allen Blvd.

Tax assistance is also available Tuesdays through Fridays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The annual program is coordinated by the city’s Beaverton Cares program in partnership with CASH and AARP Tax-Aide. Free tax assistance is available through April 15 on a walk-in basis only.

The city encourages eligible low and middle-income families to take advantage of the Earned Income Tax Credit. Eligible low-income working families may be entitled to as much as $6,044 in tax refunds, but according to the Internal Revenue Service as much as 25 percent of those eligible for the credit don't file for it. The result is the loss of millions of dollars for low-income Oregonians and for thousands of eligible low-income families across the nation, according to IRS reports.

As of March 15, volunteers have already filed 1,006 tax returns, resulting in more than $1.6 million in tax refunds back into our community and $543,609 EITC credits already filed this year. Volunteers set a record for the number of tax returns filed on a single Saturday, with 75 returns, a 21 percent increase over last year.

To receive tax assistance, residents must bring:

• Social Security or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) for all persons on return

• Form W-2 from every employer

• Other forms and receipts, such as 1099s from your bank

• Child and dependent care information

• Copies of last year’s returns, if available

• Picture Identification

 

CASH, in partnership with AARP Tax-Aide, provides free tax preparation and filing to thousands of low- and middle-income families and individuals throughout the Portland-Metro area.

For additional tax preparation sites, call 211 or visit CASHOREGON.org.

 




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