Tax Payers Get Free Tax Filing Help

LANSING, Mich. — With tax season underway, State Rep. Winnie Brinks of Grand Rapids is reminding taxpayers that there are free services to help residents file their 2012 taxes.

The service is provided through the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and is available for households that earned less than $55,000 in 2012.

“As Grand Rapids families sit down to prepare their taxes this year, they are going to realize that a lot of credits and deductions that they used to rely upon are reduced or gone, including the Homestead Property Tax Exemption Credit, Earned Income Tax Credit and $600 per-child deduction,” Brinks said in a news release. “The number of changes can make completing a tax return and getting the largest tax refund possible confusing. VITA volunteers can help, and thankfully, their help is free.”

In Kent County, residents can get help through the Kent County Tax Credit Coalition. Anyone looking for help has to schedule an appointment by either calling 211 from a landline phone, callingĀ 1-(800)-877-1107 or visiting their website.

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