City offers free tax help for qualified residents

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INDIANAPOLIS – As the tax deadline quickly approaches, the city of Indianapolis reminds residents that they can take part in the Indy Free Tax Prep program to get no-cost help in filing state and federal taxes.

As part of the federal Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, Indy Tax Prep gives residents the chance to have their returns prepared for zero cost by a tax professional. The service is available to households with incomes under $57,000.

The program has helped thousands of Marion County residents over the past few years.

“As every taxpayer knows, filing a tax return can be a confusing and frustrating experience. For many residents, paying a professional to provide this service is not an option,” said Mayor Greg Ballard said. “Indy Free Tax Prep allows qualifying Indianapolis residents to fulfill their filing obligations without the hassle and at no cost to them.”

For more information about the program and who’s eligible, call 211 or visit FREETaxPrepINDY.com.

The John H. Boner Community Center at 2236 E. 10th St. also offers drop-off service in which residents can leave their information and pick it up later. It’s available Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

People who would rather do their taxes themselves can do them for free online through MyFreeTaxes.com.

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