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United Way offering free tax preparation

Individuals, households earning $54,000 or less may be eligible for help

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CEDAR RAPIDS — Qualifying individuals can get their taxes done for free through United Way of East Central Iowa.

Individuals or households earning $54,000 or less in 2017 may be eligible to take part in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, according to a news release.

The program serves one of United Way’s core values — to help individuals become or remain financially stable.

The tax assistance program also is made possible by IRS-certified volunteers who can determine eligibility for tax credits that help save families money.

Last year, volunteers completed more than 1,900 tax returns, according to the release. The average refund was more than $1,600.

This year, United Way is offering a drop-off service in which individuals can drop off tax documents and pick them up two weeks later. The documents will be accepted from Jan. 30 to March 23.

To find a list of documentation needed, visit the United Way website, at

To schedule a free tax appointment, call (319) 739-4211.

These drop-off sites are available in Linn County:

• Linn Area Credit Union, 3700 Edgewood Rd. SW, Cedar Rapids.

• Cedar Rapids Public Library-Ladd Library, 3750 Williams Blvd. SW, Cedar Rapids.

• Tax preperation only is available at Horizons, 819 Fifth St. SE, Cedar Rapids.


For Jones County residents, the site is at the Jones County Volunteer Center, 105 Broadway Pl., Suite 1, Anamosa.

l Comments: (319) 368-8516;



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