Free Tax Preparation Helps Keep Hard-Earned Money in Alaskans’ Pockets
Anchorage, AK – During tough times and cold winters, every dollar counts for Alaskans. That’s why United Way of Anchorage and partners like AARP-Tax Aide offer free tax preparation for qualified Alaskans each tax season, keeping millions of dollars in the pockets of hardworking families and in our community.
This tax season, Alaskans can take advantage of free tax preparation at eight sites around Anchorage and at three Super Saturday events. Last tax season, nearly 6,000 Alaskans filed from free local tax preparation sites, saving more than $600,000 in preparation costs while being guided to an average of $1,925 in Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC) and ultimately receiving more than $9.6 million in returns.
“For families and individuals living on the financial edge, the returns and credits earned and money saved at free tax preparation sites can make the difference in staying fed, warm and even housed during a critical time,” said Michele Brown, President, United Way of Anchorage. “These savings and refunds don’t just offer relief – they can also help pave the path to financial stability and independence for so many struggling Alaskans.”
Most free tax preparation sites will open the week of February 1 in neighborhoods around Anchorage, offering a variety of operation times; all eight sites will be open by mid-February. In addition, the first Super Saturday event is scheduled from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, January 29, at the Northeast Community Center (1251 N. Muldoon Road). See the attached press release for a full listing of free tax preparation sites, dates and times, as well as details on Super Saturday events, qualifications, and a list of what Alaskans should bring to the tax preparation sites.
Taxpayers have until April 18 to file their tax returns this year because of Emancipation Day, a holiday observed in the District of Columbia which falls on Friday, April 15.
Free tax preparation in Anchorage is made possible by a collaboration between United Way of Anchorage, the IRS, AARP Tax-Aide, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), the University of Alaska Anchorage, Wal-Mart Foundation, the National Disability Institute, the faith-based community, individual volunteers, nonprofits and government service providers.
For more details on tax preparation sites, contact Alaska 2-1-1 by dialing 2-1-1 or 1-800-478-2221, or visit LIVEUNITEDANCHORAGE.ORG.
Posted: January 20, 2011