Free tax filing assistance through The Ohio Benefit Bank (www.ohiobenefits.org) will once again be available at Caring Connection. Due to a grant from the Ohio Association of Foodbanks, home of The Ohio Benefit Bank, Caring Connection will be able to expand tax filing services for the 2012-2013 tax season.
The Ohio Benefit Bank (OBB) is an innovative online service that connects Ohioans with more than 20 work support programs and tax credits, including the Earned Income Tax Credit, child tax credits, and education credits. Ohioans can visit sites like Caring Connection to file their federal and Ohio state taxes for free with a trained counselor, or they can file on their own at: selfserve.thebenefitbank.org/ums?task=login&partner_code=850. Caring Connection has served low-income Washington County residents since 1994 with emergency assistance for utilities, housing and prescriptions.
In 2012, Caring Connection served 99 families in Washington County with free tax services and hope to expand services to even more in 2013.
Residents interested in making an appointment to have their taxes filed through the OBB can call (740) 376-9903. Appointments are available 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday thru Friday. Each month there will be evening and Saturday appointments available.