Tax preparation services to be offered free to low-income families

Tax preparation services to be offered free to low-income families
Source: WMC Action News 5
Source: WMC Action News 5

MEMPHIS, TN (AP) - Tax season is upon us and for many families the preparation forms can be confusing and fees can get costly.

Binghampton Development Corporation (BDC) will help low income families prepare their taxes at no cost beginning Jan. 22.

BDC announced Wednesday it will provide free tax preparation services for working families by partnering with Impact America, Rhodes College, Christian Brothers University, and the University of Memphis.

"The partnership helps us expand the footprint both in the neighborhood and also outside the neighborhood," said BDC Executive Director Robert Montague.

IRS certified students will serve their community while earning college credits.

"They have about 10 to 12 hours of training that they go through that allows them to prepare them for free and, of course, we do prepare with the families next to us so we can kind of show them what we're doing," said Impact America-Safefirst training coordinator Seth Nelson.

Eligible families must make less than $52,000 per year with kids in the home or $20,000 per year without kids in the home.

Binghampton resident Ceara Purifoi says the community services are appreciated.

"Normally it's like $100, $200, up to $300 to get my taxes prepared," said Purifoi, "BDC has helped out in the community a lot so that will be good that they are helping with free tax preparation and stuff."

Returns will be prepared at the BDC located at 280 Tillman Street. Interested individuals should call 1-844-TAXES-TN for a free appointment. Daytime, evening, and Saturday hours are available.

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