Western New England University offers volunteer tax prep program

Hampden County

IRS-certified volunteers will help people fill out their tax returns at Western New England University’s College of Business on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons through April 16. The service is free with an emphasis on maximizing benefits from tax credits.

“People that have children can get up to a $2,000 credit per child,” Associate Professor Aushur Kofsky explained, “and also in Massachusetts, the state’s brought in a ‘circuit-breaker’ credit for older people.”

Western New England University first offered this free tax service last year to families with an annual household income under $55,000. They helped 130 families but are prepared to help many more with their 2018 taxes.

Associate Dean Janelle Goodnight told 22News there’s so much at stake, “Most people who do their taxes on their own don’t necessarily know all the ins and outs and where the loopholes are. These are individuals who are trained to help you find the best way to get the most in your return.”

To find out how you can make an appointment with an IRS-certified volunteer at the WNEU’s College of Business to help you do your taxes, you can log onto their website.

The school anticipates helping hundreds of people.

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