WALLACE COMMUNITY COLLEGE, WIREGRASS 2-1-1, & IMPACT ALABAMA ANNOUNCE FREE TAX PREPARATION SERVICES FOR DOTHAN-AREA WORKING FAMILIESMatt Boster
Posted by: Matt Boster
Date: Jan 25 2018 8:27 AM
DOTHAN, AL - Wallace Community College, Wiregrass 2-1-1, and Impact Alabama will hold a joint press conference on Friday, January 26, at 10:00am at the Saliba Center for Families (301 West Lafayette Street Dothan, AL 36301) announcing that free tax preparation services for working families are now available at the Saliba Center for Families. Free income tax preparation services are available to working families making up to $54,000/year with children in the home or $20,000/year without children in the home. Interested individuals should call 1-888-99-TAX-AL to schedule a free appointment. Tax services are provided in coordination with Wallace Community College – Dothan.
The tax preparation service is aimed at assisting families eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). The EITC is the federal government's largest and most successful anti-poverty program for low-income, working families. However, each year, Dothan families lose millions of dollars to commercial tax preparers simply to access this benefit.
Delmar Smith, Supervisory Management Instructor & Division Director at Wallace Community College, has coordinated the college’s participation in Impact Alabama’s SaveFirst Initiative for ten years. Last year, over 590 trained students from twenty-one campuses prepared tax returns for more than 9,000 families in cities statewide. The statewide campus collaboration helped these working families secure more than $15.6 million in tax refunds and save them over $3.6 million in commercial tax preparation fees. Impact Alabama, an AmeriCorps Program, is housed at the Center for Ethics & Social Responsibility at The University of Alabama.
Alabama residents interested in scheduling a free tax preparation appointment should call 1-888-99-TAX-AL. Daytime, evening and Saturday hours for tax preparation are available at the Saliba Center for Families (301 West Lafayette Street Dothan, AL 36301). For more information about free tax services, visit impactamerica.com/free-tax-services.