Erie County residents who need help claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit and other tax credits can get some help later this month. Clerk Chris Jacobs will hold a free tax prep event on Wednesday, February 26th from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Erie County Auto Bureau, at 3095 Sheridan Drive.
Taxpayers are eligible for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and may also qualify for the EITC if: the maximum household income is $52,000, and applicants qualify to use 1040 EZ, 1040A or 1040 forms.
Persons who wish to take advantage of this program must make an appointment and must bring a picture ID, W-2 forms and other income records, and records or receipts for expenses such as child care and/or education. Filers must also provide social security cards or ITIN letters for all family members and a copy of last year’s tax return, if possible. A complete list of the documents and information required can be found at www.erie.gov/clerk/taxprep.
In order to provide prompt assistance, appointments are required. Taxpayers who wish to schedule an appointment or have further questions are asked to call 2-1-1 or 1-888-696-9211.