Free Tax Preparation Volunteers Help Families File Taxes and Claim the EITC in Berea, Manchester

Program Provides Economic Boost to Families and Communities


Berea (Ky.) — The Eastern Kentucky Asset Building Coalition, in partnership with Berea College’s Office of Externally Sponsored Programs, will operate a free tax preparation site on Berea College’s campus and Eastern Kentucky University’s Manchester campus for families with income up to $50,000.  The Berea site will be open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. starting January 28.  The Manchester site will be open February 12 and 26, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

IRS-certified volunteers will file taxes in Berea at the Bruce-Trades Building in room 226, and in Manchester in room 304. Appointments are required and can be made for the Berea location by calling Tracy Featherly at (859) 985-3276.  Appointments for Manchester should be made by calling Sylvester Lynn at (606) 598-1810 or (859) 358-5577.

The Eastern Kentucky Asset Building Coalition is part of the Kentucky Asset Success Initiative (KASI). KASI is a coalition of agencies and organizations seeking to empower low- and moderate-income Kentuckians through a variety of asset-building programs. In 2012, KASI-operated sites helped 11,471 working families claim tax refunds totaling $16.9 million, generating $27.3 million of economic activity in their communities. KASI’s member coalitions will host more than 75 sites in 2013.

This year, working families with three or more children and an income less than $50,270 (if married and filing a joint return) may be eligible for a maximum Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) of $5,891. “The goal of the free tax preparation sites is to ensure that more eligible households claim EITC and receive their full refunds rather than paying preparation fees or being tempted by high interest refund-anticipation loans,” said Vickie Johnson, a tax site coordinator through KASI.  “For many families, a tax refund is the largest one-time influx of money all year, and the economic boost for individuals and communities is significant.”  The IRS estimates that as many as twenty percent of taxpayers who are eligible for the EITC do not claim it.

Filers must bring the following documents to their appointment:

-photo ID and social security card for each person on the return

-all W-2 and/or 1099 forms

-payments for child care expenses (plus name, address, EIN, or SSN of child care provider)

-Form 1098-T (if applicable)

-student loan interest paid in 2011

-mortgage and property tax information

-routing and account information for direct deposit

-and a copy of your 2010 tax return (if available)