MIDDLEPORT — The Meigs County Department of Job and Family Services’ One Stop Job Center is partnering up with Ohio Benefit Bank to provide low and moderate income families income tax services.
The Benefit Bank is a web-based, completely safe and secure free tax filing service provides easy-to-use, step-by-step instructions and an expert system designed to maximize your refund and tax credits.
Those who make $60,000 or less (adjusted earned income) regardless of household size, you can file federal and state taxes for free in the One Stop Center, located at 150 Mill Street, Middleport Ohio. Up to three years of back taxes can also be filed.
Ohio Benefit Bank is supported through a public-private partnership between the State of Ohio, the Ohio Association of Second Harvest Foodbanks (OASHF) and Ohio’s foodbanks, as well as over 1,100 faith-based, nonprofit, governmental and private partners. The creation of this service as a tool to assist those in need has put the state of Ohio in the forefront of fighting hunger and poverty, while linking those in need to the supports that help in their day-to-day lives.
Ohio Benefit Bank has provided training to Meigs County Job and Family Services’ Staff, local volunteers, and area college students, in order to offer free tax preparation to the community.
Those participating can find out automatically if they qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). If you are eligible for EITC and have not previously filed, you can receive that money for up to three prior years.
Items needed to file include, government issued identification; social security number(s); W2s; 1099s, 1098s; last year’s tax return (if available); information about other income; deduction and credit info.
The One Stop Center is now accepting appointments beginning February 5 and every Tuesday and Thursday thereafter during the tax season.
To schedule an appointment or see if you are eligible, call Meigs County Department of Job and Family Services at 992-2117, extension 161.