Last-minute tax help for low-income households

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A program that provides low-income families with free tax help from accounting students has set sessions for last-minute filers.

Households with incomes of less than $57,000 can receive free tax help at three final sessions on Saturday, Monday and Tuesday — which is the deadline to file your federal tax return.

Accounting students from Aquinas College, Cornerstone University and Davenport University  have been certified by the IRS to help as part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.

Walk-ins will be welcome at the ACSET Community Action Tax Center located in Suite 100 at 121 Franklin St. SE in Grand Rapids:

  • April 12: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • April 14 and 15: 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The program says participants must bring the following:

  • Picture ID and social security card for filer and spouse, social security cards for dependents.
  • Birth dates for primary, secondary and dependents on the tax return.
  • Wage and earning statement(s) Form W-2, W-2G, 1099-R, from all employers.
  • Interest and dividend statements from banks (Forms 1099).
  • A copy of last year’s federal and state returns if available.
  • Bank routing numbers and account numbers for direct deposit.
  • Everything saying “important tax document” on it.
  • Rent paid out-of-pocket, landlord’s name(s) and address or 2013 property taxes and the home’s taxable value.
  • Home heating costs reported on the December  to March utility bills.

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