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FitzGerald, Cuyahoga County EITC Coalition Announce Joint Effort to Serve Low to Middle-Income Area Families

1/21/2014


Free tax prep services being made available at 24 separate locations from February until Tax Day, April 15th

CLEVELAND – Continuing his work to provide effective services to constituents, Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald joined the Cuyahoga County Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Coalition to announce a series of 24 free tax prep clinics offered this year as part of the IRS’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.

“The most important job I have right now is making sure that Cuyahoga County government works for the people it serves,” said FitzGerald. “I thank the Cuyahoga EITC Coalition for joining us in this effort to ensure that working families will be able to file their taxes on time and successfully claim the federal benefits they’ve earned.”

The series announced today includes a total of 24 locations across Cuyahoga County (list attached) where free tax preparation services will be offered for residents. Taxpayers who earn less than $51,567 annually and are filing a simple return are eligible to participate. Appointments can be scheduled by visiting www.refundohio.org or calling 211.

Tax returns will be prepared and filed by IRS-certified tax preparation volunteers, who will also notify taxpayers if they qualify for certain federal tax benefits, including the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit.

In addition, Cuyahoga County, which is one of the EITC Coalition’s largest financial partners, is providing two County locations to host tax prep services. These are:
  • West Shore Neighborhood Family Service Center

    9830 Lorain Avenue
    Cleveland, Ohio 44102
    Open Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
    Open Saturdays, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • Southgate Neighborhood Family Service Center

    5398 ½ Northfield Road
    Maple Heights, Ohio 44137
    Open Wednesdays, 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
    Open Saturdays, 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

The series of 24 free tax prep clinics will also include several “Super Saturday” events at select locations where a larger number of volunteers will be on hand to provide additional assistance. These include:
  • February 1

    Fairfax Connection (co-hosted by PNC Bank)
  • February 15

    Cleveland Central Catholic High School (co-hosted by Third Federal Savings and Loan)
     
  • February 22

    Southgate Neighborhood Family Service Center (co-hosted by Fifth Third Bank) Neighborhood Housing Services (co-hosted by Charter One Bank)
     
  • March 1

    Hispanic Business Center (co-hosted by Ohio Savings Bank)
     
  • April 12

    Famicos Foundation (co-hosted by Fifth Third Bank)

Required documentation for tax preparation will include: Current photo identification, Social Security cards for each adult and child, W2 and 1099 income statements, child care expense statement and provider’s Tax I.D. Number, Form 1099-INT for any checking or savings accounts, and bank account and routing numbers for direct deposit. For more information, please visit www.refundohio.org or www.cjfs.cuyahogacounty.us.