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Free Tax Assistance offered at CCBC Catonsville and Essex
CCBC Accounting students will prepare individual tax returns
for those with an annual income of $60,000 or less

Baltimore County, Md., Jan. 31, 2013 − Tax season is quickly approaching and it is almost time to begin preparing. Again this year, through the CCBC Community Tax Prep Program, Community College of Baltimore County Accounting students will help prepare income taxes for any individual with an annual income of $60,000 or less, for free. No appointment is needed, but returns will be processed on a first-come/first-served basis.

To participate in this free tax service, each taxpayer must bring the following documents:

  • All 2012 tax records and receipts
  • Social Security cards for all (including dependents)
  • W-2 and any other tax forms (for example: 1009-B, 1099-Div, 1099-Int, 1099-G, 1099-Misc, 1098)
  • A copy of their 2011 (or most recent) tax return
  • Direct deposit information (routing and account number or voided check/deposit ticket)

The schedule for this service is:

CCBC Essex
CCBC Community Tax Prep Program
Feb. 12, 19, 26; March 5, 12, 19, 26
2: 30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

L building - room 102
7201 Rossville Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21237
Contact: Professor Melissa Hill 443-840-1447

CCBC Catonsville
CCBC Community Tax Prep Program
Feb. 13, 20, 27; March 6, 13, 20, 27; April 10
2- 4 p.m.

Library (Y building) - room 326.
800 South Rolling Road, Baltimore, MD 21228
Contact: Professor Jay Whitelock 443-840-4231

According to Paul Coakley, Business and Management Studies department chair, it’s a win/win for everyone. “CCBC has offered a free tax clinic for more than 25 years. It has provided practical accounting experience for our students and allowed our community clients to see how their taxes are being prepared,” Coakley says.

So gather your records and all your receipts and get ready to let CCBC’s tax preparing students do the work! Don’t hesitate to take advantage of this free service.

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