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INDIANAPOLIS (Jan. 17, 2014) – The city of Indianapolis has kicked off its free tax preparation program.

Mayor Greg Ballard was at Broad Ripple Park Friday to promote the city’s free tax preparation service, which is available for Marion County residents who earned less than $58,000 in income last year.

For this year’s tax season, more than 200 certified volunteers will prepare tax returns for qualified Marion County residents. The program is made possible through Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), an IRS program brought to Indianapolis taxpayers by the Indianapolis Asset Building Coalition and Indy’s Campaign for Financial Fitness.

According to the city, volunteers prepared more than 6,000 tax returns last year, saving Marion County residents $650,000 in tax preparation fees. The service resulted in more than $7 million in tax refunds.

Free tax preparation will continue through April 15, 2014 at more than 25 sites around Marion County. For more information, visit this website or call 211.