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Appointments accepted for free tax clinics

Appointments are now being accepted for free community tax clinics that will be offered in February. The clinics are sponsored by United Way of Hancock County in partnership with Ohio Benefit Bank, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, Brown Mackie College and the Hancock Hardin Wyandot Putnam Community Action Commission.
Individuals who made $65,000 or less with no capital gains in 2013 qualify for free tax preparation. Married couples filing jointly who made $95,000 or less with no capital gains in 2013 also qualify. To schedule an appointment, callers should dial 2-1-1, or, with an out of area cell phone number dial 800-650-HELP (4357).
Callers will be asked a series of questions and will be informed of the items they will need to bring to the clinic. They will be scheduled at the location that is most convenient.
Walk-ins will also be accepted at the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays from Feb. 8 through March 29. Clients will be served on a first-come first-served basis.
This year, students from Brown Mackie and Owens Community colleges will be utilized as trained volunteer tax counselors. This new collaboration allows for additional help for students of these colleges, as well as residents close to these locations. Brown Mackie staff members have been trained on additional services available through Ohio Benefit Bank.
To see a list of items needed for tax preparation, visit http://liveunitedhancockcounty.org and click on the “free tax clinics” button.

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