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United Way and PNC Bank join to sponsor Super Saturday kick-off for free tax assistance

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - The United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley and PNC Bank are teaming up with community partners to kick-off tax filing season this Saturday, February 2, with ‘Super Saturday'. Beginning Saturday, the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Sites (VITA) will be available at the following sites:

• Mahoning-Youngstown Community Action Partnership (MYCAP)

1325 Fifth Ave., Youngstown, OH 44504 – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

• Youngstown State University Williamson College of Business Administration

1st floor computer lab – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

• Neighborhood Ministries

75 Jackson Dr., Campbell, OH 44405 – 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. by appointment only

Super Saturday is the first day that free tax preparation will be offered in the Mahoning Valley. A number of convenient locations throughout the county will be open throughout the tax filing season.

Along with volunteer assistance, as a Super Saturday sponsor, PNC is providing a range of additional support. Once again this tax-filing season, VITA site clients can receive faster refunds on a low-fee PNC Visa® refund card usable at 30 million locations. Last year, 825 cards were distributed by PNC, with an average refund of $1,455. Other PNC services offered at VITA sites include financial education programs and no-cost refund check cashing at participating sites and certain PNC branches. These services are not available at all sites so be sure to ask at your VITA site.

"Each year, millions of dollars in refunds go unclaimed by individuals filing tax returns," said Ted Schmidt, PNC regional president. "Through this partnership, we seek to increase the level of assistance provided to ‘unbanked' taxpayers, improve the ability to help them establish mainstream banking relationships that provide an alternative to high-fee check cashing services and provide efficient access to their refunds."

VITA offers free assistance to taxpayers, including but not limited to persons with disabilities, students, and older taxpayers who file Form 1040EZ, Form 1040A, or a basic Form 1040 Federal tax return. VITA volunteers also alert taxpayers to special credits and deductions for which they may be eligible. Taxpayers who visit a VITA site should bring wage and earnings statements (Form W-2) from all employers, interest statements from banks (Forms 1099), a copy of last year's tax return if available, and other relevant information about income and expenses. Taxpayers with complex returns may need to see an accountant.

Working individuals and families may also be eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit. IRS estimates that 20 to 25 percent of eligible taxpayers do not claim the credit which could put as much as $4,824 into the pockets of a family with two children. Some individuals and families may qualify for the credit for the first time because of unemployment or other changes in their financial, marital or parental status during the past year. The EITC is a valuable but complex tax break. Free help is available to determine eligibility and file to claim the credit at all VITA sites.

Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) is another IRS-sponsored, free income tax service available to our community. Both VITA and TCE volunteers must complete a rigorous IRS training course in basic income tax return preparation before they can assist taxpayers. Last year, more than 3,000 individuals and families in Mahoning County took advantage of the free tax sites resulting in more than $3 million in refunds and fee savings – money that stayed in the hands of those who need it most. For the past five years, United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley has offered support to the VITA program that has allowed for additional volunteers and sites throughout Mahoning County.

Partners of the Mahoning Valley Economic Opportunity Coalition include American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), Campbell Neighborhood Ministries, Compass Family & Community Services, Eastern Gateway Community College, HandsOn Volunteer Network, Home Savings and Loan, Internal Revenue Service, Mahoning County Legal Aid, Mahoning-Youngstown Community Action Partnership (MYCAP), PNC, Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County, Youngstown State University Williamson College of Business Administration, and United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley. The partners are pleased to welcome volunteers from Huntington National Bank this year.

The complete list of locations and dates include:

MYCAP - Mahoning-Youngstown Community Action Partnership (VITA and Kiosk)

1325 Fifth Ave., Youngstown, OH 44504

Super Saturday, Feb. 2, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Mondays, 5-7:30 p.m. (Feb. 4, 18, 25; Mar. 4, 11, 18)

Tuesdays, 5-7:30 p.m. (Feb. 5, 19, 26; Mar. 5, 12, 19)

Fridays, 5-9 p.m. (Feb. 8; Mar. 1, 15)

Saturdays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (Feb. 2, 23; Mar. 9, 23)

Appointments are required except for Super Saturday.

For appointment: 330-747-7921, ext. 1169

330-599-5017 to leave a message

Youngstown State University Williamson College of Business (VITA)

1st floor computer lab

Super Saturday, Feb. 2, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Monday, 3:30-6:30 p.m., Feb. 11

Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., except for March 16 and April 6

For appointment: 330-941-3084

Lake Milton/Craig Beach Library (VITA)

1320 Grandview Ave., Lake Milton, OH 44429

Mondays, 12-4 p.m.

Wednesdays, 1:30-5:30 p.m.

For appointment: 330-519-7004

Sebring Library (VITA)

195 W. Ohio Ave., Sebring, OH 44672

Saturdays, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

For appointment: 330-519-7004

Campbell Neighborhood Ministries (VITA)

at Neighborhood Ministries location

75 Jackson Dr., Campbell, OH 44405

Saturdays, 1-4 p.m.

For appointment: 330-755-8696

Campbell Elementary and Middle School (VITA)

2002 Community Circle, Campbell, OH 44405

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6-8 p.m.

For appointment: 330-755-8696

Westside Community Center (VITA) and

Neighborhood Ministries Westside (Kiosk)

304 Matta Ave., Youngstown, OH 44509

Mondays, 6-9 p.m. (Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25; Mar. 4, 11, 18, 25; Apr. 1, 8)

For appointment: 330-755-8696

Holy Trinity Church

505 Parkcliffe Ave., Youngstown, OH 44511

Saturdays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. (Feb. 9, 23; Mar. 2, 9, 23, 30; Apr. 13)

Sundays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (Feb. 3, 17; Mar. 17; Apr. 7)

For appointment: 330-788-1696

Austintown Library (TCE)

Beginning the week of Feb. 4

600 S. Raccoon Rd., Austintown, OH 44515

Wednesdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

For appointment: 330-799-5849

Boardman Library (TCE)

Beginning the week of Feb. 4

7680 Glenwood Ave., Boardman, OH 44512

Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

For appointment: 330-726-2492

Canfield Library (TCE)

Beginning the week of Feb. 4

43 W. Main St., Canfield, OH 44406

Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

For appointment: 330-533-8420

Poland Library (TCE)

Beginning the week of Feb. 4

311 S. Main St., Poland, OH 44514

Mondays, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

For appointment: 330-726-2492

Columbiana Office on Aging (Salem Senior Center) (TCE)

785 State St., Salem

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

For appointment: 330-332-1163

Youngstown Senior Center (TCE)

1110 Fifth Ave., Youngstown

Mondays and Fridays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

For appointment: 330-744-5071

OCCHA

3660 Shirley Rd., Youngstown, OH 44502

Wednesdays, 4-8 p.m. (Feb. 6, 27; Mar. 6, 20; Apr. 10)

Saturday, 9 a.m. – Noon (Feb. 16)

For appointment: 330-781-1808

For more information on dates and times for the VITA and TCE tax sites, please call 2-1-1.

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