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McHenry County College to offer free tax preparation help

CRYSTAL LAKE – McHenry County College will host free tax assistance for those who qualify Jan. 19 through April 13. Hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays and 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays in Room A102 at the college, 8900 Route 14, Crystal Lake.

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Clinic prepares tax returns for individuals or households with incomes less than $50,000.

All tax forms will be provided. Participants should bring the following: valid photo ID for main taxpayer on tax return; Social Security cards or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number letters for all those reported on the tax return; all 2012 wages W2s and other income/expense documents; a copy of last year’s tax return, if available; and bank account information for direct deposits.

Other documents to bring, if pertinent, are: tuition statements and expenses (1098-T), mortgage interest statements (1098), real estate tax bill, and cancellation of debt/bankruptcy.

Additional services include opening up checking and savings accounts in order to get the direct deposit refund in 10 days and financial aid assistance. Trained staff will help individuals complete the FAFSA form with the completion of the tax return.

Excluded dates are March 23, 27 and 30.

For more information, call Ann Esarco at 815- 455-8744 or email aesarco@mchenry.edu.

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