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Free Tax Assistance

By: Marise Estime
By: Marise Estime

If you've been putting it off till the last minute, help is on the way. The City of Tallahassee, along with the United Way of the Big Bend, is now helping folks for free.

It's crunch time for taxpayers, but in Tallahassee, they're getting assistance from AARP volunteers in filling out returns.

Traci Dean, a FAMU student, says, "It's very convenient. I don't have to worry about it and I know it's going to be done right, and I don't have to worry about it, pretty much they know what they're doing.”

United Way of the Big Bend is helping residents get free assistance with filing their taxes. Organizers say too often folks are taken advantage of and pay too much for income tax services.

Ken Armstrong, the president of United Way of the Big Bend, says, "There are folks who prey on low income for loans, for check cashing or whatever, and we feel people need access to low income cost services."

Tallahassee’s Mayor John Marks says, "As a matter of fact, some of them may have been paying more tax than necessary, so we want them to take advantage of the services provided by the United Way of the Big Bend and City of Tallahassee to assist them in tax preparation and filing."

Those who usually wait until the midnight, April 15 deadline won't be getting that extra helping hand from the Post Office. Postal officials say there's been a decline in last minute filers, and as a result, this year the Post Office will not extend its hours to mail your taxes.

The Post Office will be open all week during regular business hours. City officials will be posting sites for free tax assistance at City Hall.


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