Posted on March 3, 2017
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Rural Dynamics, Inc. , a Great Falls-based nonprofit, will host a free tax help clinic at Helena Industries main vocational campus (1325 Helena Ave.) on Tuesday, March 14 from 3pm to 8pm. The tax help clinic is open to the public and IRS-certified volunteers will be on-hand to complete basic tax returns, helping people complete their taxes and secure the refunds they deserve.
To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-823-1323 today or click here to learn about other available local free tax help sites and information on what to bring to your free tax help appointment.
We appreciate the efforts of the Lewis and Clark County Free Tax Help Coalition, a group of government agencies and nonprofit organizations committed to increasing the financial stability of area residents, including community members and Helena Industries team members with disabilities.
The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a federal tax credit for workers that do not earn a high income (less than ~ $53,500) and meet other eligibility credits. The tax credit helps put money back into the pockets of working individuals and families.
In a January 2017 article titled Special Rules Help Many People With Disabilities Qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit; Up to 1.5 Million Fail to Claim the Valuable Benefit, the agency estimates, “as many as 1.5 million people with disabilities miss out on this valuable credit because they fail to file a tax return.”
Often people with disabilities fall below the tax filing income threshold, which means they do not need to file taxes. The IRS, however, urges all people with disabilities to consider filing taxes anyway because they might be eligible for the EITC and realize a refund.
The IRS also highlights that tax refunds, including the EITC, are not counted as income for purposes of determining benefit eligibility (e.g., Food Stamps, Medicaid, etc.).
We are committed to providing opportunities for team members with disabilities, staff members, and the community to increase their financial stability and vitality. We are proud to partner with Rural Dynamics, Inc. to provide this important community service.