Posted: Friday, 07 February 2014 12:57PM

Ohio Benefit Bank Offering Free Tax Assistance

Those earning 65-thousand dollars or less can seek help for free to file taxes.
The Ohio Benefit Bank has partnered with the Tri-County CAO Family Support and local libraries to help mid and low income individuals file their taxes. HARCATUS Tri-County CAO Community Services Director Michele Lucas says that, because of the income guidelines, more tax payers can receive the assistance.

A single individual filing can earn up to 65-thousand dollars to utilize the free service. Ohio Benefit Bank is an online service that connects Ohioan to benefit programs online. Lucas says that the tax help will be offered at the local library.

The OBB tax assistance will be available until the tax deadline. Lucas says participants will have a list of all the information and paperwork needed to file. Those that would not be eligible to use the free tax assistance would inlude business owners filing for a business, and non-residential aliens.
Specific situations that prevent individuals from using The Benefit Bank would include: a household adjusted gross income higher than $65,000, a business owner or a statutory employee that must file a schedule C, the client and spouse are dual-status or non-residential aliens, client has to make penalty payments of estimated tax, household employment taxes or alternative minimum tax, has codes R,P, or T in box 12 of their W-2.  Individuals that do not qualify for The Ohio Benefit Bank may file their tax returns via the IRS website at:
HARCATUS is providing Tax Filing Clinics at the following libraries:
Carroll County Library, Carrollton (330) 627-2613
Newcomerstown Library, Newcomerstown (740) 498-8228
Claymont Library, Uhrichsville (740) 922-3626
Puskarich Library, Cadiz (740) 942-2623
Bowerston Library, Bowerston (740) 269-8531
Dover Library, Dover (330) 343-6123
Tuscarawas County, New Philadelphia (330) 343- 4474 ext. 101
Interested individuals should contact the library directly to preregister. Walk-ins are welcome and will be served as time allows.

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