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ALL HACE RESIDENTS:  Need help with your taxes – Free help?  

 

Then file your income taxes for free through United Way Erie Free Taxes services. Free translation services are available! Drop-ins welcome! Let the Earned Income Tax Credit work for you!

Where: Multicultural Resource Center in the John E. Horan Garden Apartments
730 Tacoma Road.

How: Call 454-1266 for an appointment!

When:

Open the following Saturdays in January and February: 1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/17, 2/24 _ from 11 am to 3 pm.

Open every Wednesday from January 24th to April 11th
2 pm to 7 pm.

Open every Thursday from January 25th to March 1st
2 pm to 7 pm.

Erie Free Taxes services is also available at the John F. Kennedy Center. For more information call 898-0400.

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The Internal Revenue Service says it will begin accepting both electronic and paper returns on Monday Jan. 29, which means that if you want taxes off your plate as soon as possible, you can do them by the end of the month.

Why file early? According to the Motley Fool and USA Today, "The primary benefit of filing your taxes early is that if you're due a refund, you'll get that cash sooner than you would by waiting. Now if you're looking at, say, a $200 refund, it may not be worth the hustle. But if you're expecting several thousand dollars back from the IRS, waiting until April for that money could set you back financially, especially if you need the cash to cover a near-term expense or pay off existing credit card debt.

“Another benefit of filing taxes early is that if you find that you owe the IRS money, you'll have more time to come up with that cash. Remember, you're required to pay your tax bill by the April 17 deadline, but you can still submit a return several months prior and send in the money later on. So if, say, you're looking at a $500 underpayment come Jan. 29, and you don't have that kind of money immediately available, you'll have two-and-a-half months to figure out how to earn it, whether in the form of cutting expenses, selling things you don't need, or working a side gig.

“Filing your taxes early can also help you avoid falling victim to tax fraud. If you submit a return and a criminal then attempts to do the same using your information, that second return will get rejected because the IRS will already have one in its system with your Social Security number. But if the situation is reversed and a crook manages to file a return with your information before you get around to it, yours will be the one to get rejected, which means that if you're expecting a refund, it'll be further delayed while you sort things out.”