INDIAN TRAIL– Volunteers with Common Heart will again offer its free income tax service to residents.
This will be the ninth year Common Heart has offered free tax services, which are completed by trained and certified volunteers as part of the national Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.
Common Heart volunteers filed 475 income tax returns last year. Due to the closing of the Ellen Fitzgerald Senior Center AARP Free Tax Preparation site in Monroe, Common Heart is expanding its hours to meet the need.
“We have added more days and hours, because we expect over 600 state and federal returns to be prepared at the site,” Site Supervisor Bruce Gorrel said.
Executive Director Keith Adams said the program has become a volunteer favorite and gives a needed boost to many.
“Our free tax service helps take the stress out of tax time and allows our hard-working neighbors to use the money they save on tax preparation fees for other needs, like food, rent or medical bills or, in the case of one of our friends, a down payment on a home,” Adams said. “We serve people from all walks of life – college students, teachers, hairstylists, retail staff, local government employees and retirees.”
Individuals and families with an annual household income of $56,000 or less are eligible for free assistance.
To make an appointment, call 704-218-9060 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. weekdays. Appointments are available Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 5 p.m.; Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 3 to 8 p.m.; Thursdays 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.