OLHSA, A Community Action Agency, in partnership with Accounting Aid Society (AAS), provided residents of Oakland County with free income tax filing assistance this year. As a result, a total of 400 households received $480,000 in refunds and credits.
During the 2015 tax season 43 IRS-trained AAS volunteers put in a total of 270 hours at OLHSA to help low-income individuals and families avoid the burden of costly tax preparation by providing services at no charge Feb. 1 – April 15.
Lew Elbert, an AAS volunteer co-site coordinator at OLHSA, said everyone, regardless of economic status, deserves the peace of mind that comes with properly prepared income tax filings.
“Every year people with a range of challenges come in seeking relief,” said Elbert. “Our volunteers worked diligently to help clients comply with tax filing requirements and get the most from their returns.”
Robin Jackson of Pontiac, a first-time client, said, ”I survive on a fixed income each month. When extra expenses emerge, such as filing my yearly income tax returns, I have to choose between that and other living expenses. This year that worry disappeared. The specialist I worked with helped me collect more than $890 combined from my federal and state returns.”
Tax preparation clients were also offered appointments with OLHSA Welcome Center coordinators to determine their eligibility for additional money-saving and life-improving programs such as home weatherization assistance and older adult chore services.
OLHSA is a Community Action Agency improving the quality of life for people facing crisis while strengthening families, communities, seniors and youth since 1964. Over 178,000 services were provided in 2014 in the pursuit of helping people and changing lives. www.olhsa.org
Accounting Aid Society (AAS) continues its free tax assistance services year-round at a number of locations, including its Oakland Neighborhood Tax Center in Ferndale. Those in Oakland County who missed the tax deadline, have prior year tax returns, or need to file for the Home Heating Credit can call 248-548-2937 to make an appointment. Named a “Best-Managed Nonprofit” by Crain’s Detroit Business, AAS has helped return more than $300 million to struggling neighbors in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and Livingston counties since its founding in 1972. www.accountingaidsociety.org