United Way, Caring Connection will provide free help with tax filing

From local reports

Caring Connection is one of 43 organizations across Ohio that will receive funding to support the expansion of their free tax filing services through The Ohio Benefit Bank†. The Ohio Benefit Bank (OBB†) is a program of the Ohio Association of Foodbanks that provides free help with federal, state and school district tax filing to nearly 30,000 Ohio households each year.

The IRS will begin accepting electronic returns Jan. 23, 2017 until April 18, 2017. Electronic filing and electronic deposits to bank accounts are both free of charge.

The OBB is made up of a network of more than 1,000 community and faith-based organizations that connect Ohioans with more than 20 work support programs and tax credits, including the Earned Income Tax Credit and child tax credits, through one streamlined online service called The Benefit Bank®. Most households using the married filing jointly status with incomes less than $95,000 and most households using other filing statuses with incomes less than $65,000 are eligible to file their federal, state and school district taxes for free with the OBB.

In 2016, Caring Connection served over 200 families in Washington County. “This year, we hope to serve even more residents and help them keep the full tax refunds they’ve earned,” said Caring Connection director, Jim Tilley.

Residents interested in making an appointment to have their taxes filed through the OBB can call 740.376.9903. Appointments are available Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with Saturday and after hours times to be announced.