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CASH program brings $2,791,888 in tax refunds

Sixty volunteers assist in filing 2,291 tax returns for local residents

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Site Manager Mark Kramer (right) assists Odileson Diquant with his tax returns. This year, AARP Tax-Aide and CASH Oregon, along with the city, helped bring in close to $2.8 million in tax refunds to the Beaverton community. The Beaverton Tax Assistance Program, provided by the City of Beaverton, in partnership with AARP Tax-Aide and Creating Assets, Savings and Hope (CASH) Oregon, resulted in close to $2.8 million in tax refunds to the Beaverton community.

More than 60 volunteers completed 2,291 tax returns between Feb. 2 and April 16, bringing $2,791,888 in federal refunds back to the Beaverton community. Tax returns were filed and prepared at the Beaverton Activities Center.

"It's free and convenient," said Odileson Diquant, who was a third-year visitor at the free tax assistance site.

Individuals and families that visited the tax site this year had an average adjusted gross income of $29,401 and received an average return of $1,759. The tax site assists these eligible individuals and families with receiving the Earned Income Tax Credit, with more than 430 taxpayers qualifying for the EITC this year.

"I see what good the tax assistance program does," said Karen Levelle, 14-year volunteer through AARP Tax-Aide. "We have people come back for years to have us help with their taxes."

CASH Oregon is continuing to offer free tax preparation at its Lloyd Center location (third floor, Suite 2010) for those that need to file late or amend returns through June. Visit cashoregon.org for limited dates and times.

Program organizers also remind residents that tax scams take many different forms. Regardless of whether residents had their taxes prepared for them or did them on their own, they are advised to stay vigilant against fake IRS phone calls and emails.

“The real IRS will never initiate contact with you by phone or email to ask for your personal or financial information, or call you to demand immediate payment,” organizers wrote in an email.

Residents can report tax scams to the IRS directly at IRS.gov.

For additional information about the program, visit BeavertonOregon.gov/taxprep or contact CASH Oregon at 503-243-7765.