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McHenry County College offers free tax assistance program

CRYSTAL LAKE – McHenry County College will host free tax assistance for those who qualify now through April 12 (excluding March 22, and 29).

Hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays and 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays in Room A102 at the college, 8900 U.S. Hwy. 14 in Crystal Lake.

New this year is an additional location on Monday nights at 401 N. Division Street in Harvard. The Harvard tax clinic hours are 5:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays through April 7. (Closed March 24). 

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Clinic prepares tax returns for individuals or households with incomes less than $51,567.

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 (ITIN) letters for all family members reported on the tax return (mandatory), all 2013 earnings statements (W2s) and other income/expense documents, 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.

For more information, contact Ann Esarco at (847) 260-VITA.

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