Free tax help in Metro Richmond available

By Gene Petriello - bio | email

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - There are 10 locations across the Metro Richmond area where there is free tax help going on right now.

Frustration mounts and sometimes you reach the boiling point when you sit down to fill out those sometimes confusing tax forms.

That's where Kim Edmonds and her team of volunteers in Henrico come in handy. "I really enjoy this and are happy to see people excited to get their taxes done with out having to spend money that's unnecessary."

If you made $49,000 or less last year, then you are eligible, and the benefit could mean more money in your pocket.

"We actually had someone at the Fairfield Library location who had a return of $7,000," says Edmonds.

So far, things have been pretty busy at Henrico's two locations. Dozens of people were waiting over the weekend at one tax site. You'll want to arrive early since Edmonds thinks it's only going to get even busier.

In Henrico, the Dumbarton location is open from 4 to 8 in the evening on Mondays and Thursdays from now until April 14.

Another location is at Fairfield Library -- open on Saturdays from 9 AM until 1 in the afternoon, now until March 12. At that location, leaders are trying a new pilot program happening at only six locations across the state.

"Get assistance to help prepare their own tax return. Hopefully that will give them the skills to do their own return in future years," says Edmonds.

So while you may wait to get these forms filled out, thousands of extra dollars could be waiting for you too.

To find out which location is closest to your home, click the link at right.

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