Community Action Partnership news
(Madison County, NY – Jan. 2012) If your household income was less than $49,078 through employment in 2011, you may be eligible for free tax preparation this tax season.
Community Action Partnership for Madison County, in partnership with the Madison County Department of Social Services and Colgate University, will offer the Voluntary Income Tax Assistance program to income-eligible Madison County residents by appointment from Jan. 23 through April 1.
Returns are electronically filed and refunds are usually available within two weeks. Help can be found at the following sites:
* Wampsville DSS: Monday and Tuesday evenings
* Hamilton Library: Thursday evenings
* Morrisville CAP: Wednesday evenings
* Canastota CAP: Facilitated Self Assistance (FAST) option available Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m.
Qualifications (seniors – income requirements are not restricted; contact site for information):
Must have earned at least $1 but less than:
* $13,660 ($18,740 if married and filing jointly) with no qualifying children
* $36,052 ($41,132 if married and filing jointly) with one qualifying child
* $40,964 ($46,044 if married and filing jointly) with two qualifying children
* $43,998 ($49,078 if married and filing jointly) with three or more qualifying children
Colgate students trained using IRS-approved modules will help participants determine eligibility and apply for special credits such as Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit and Credit for the Elderly. The new FAST option offered at the Canastota CAP office is the option for participants to complete their taxes online themselves with the assistance of a computer program.
How can you make a difference? Consider preparing taxes as a volunteer! As a volunteer, you’ll provide tax preparation services to taxpayers who do not have the ability to prepare their own tax returns. Don’t know that much about taxes? Don’t worry; you’ll receive specialized training from a certified VITA volunteer.
For information, to make an appointment or to volunteer, contact CAP at (315) 697-3588. Senior citizens who would like information or an appointment should call the Madison County Tax Counseling for the Elderly Program at (315) 684-3001.
CAP is an anti-poverty agency that improves the well-being and safety of children, families and the community through a variety of programs and services. Last year, CAP served approximately 5,000 individuals, nearly one in 14 Madison County residents.