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Free tax help kicks off with 'Super Saturday'

Dreading the prospect of filing taxes? Get free help at a series of community events happening around town between now and April 15.

On Saturday, volunteers certified by the Internal Revenue Service will be on hand from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Northeast Community Center, located at 1251 N. Muldoon Road, to prepare taxes.

The "Super Saturday" event, which kicks off the tax preparation season, will also feature children's entertainment, refreshments and a variety of community resource booths, offering information ranging from the financial to the nutritional, said Maureen Haggblom, a director in community action with United Way, the organization coordinating the events.

Two more "Super Saturday" events are also on the calendar: Feb. 22 at the Salvation Army Community Center on 1701 C Street in Midtown, and March 29 at Crosspoint Community Church, 1920 West Dimond Blvd in South Anchorage.

An additional 10 sites will offer free tax preparation services for residents in Anchorage, Eagle River and Chugiak on various days of the week until the filing deadline.

Members of the AARP Foundation's Tax Aide Program, who represent the core group of volunteers, will be working to provide the free help along with members of the Volunteer Income Tax Association program at UAA.

More than 5,200 people in the Anchorage area used the free tax prep services last year, amounting to $8.8 million in refunds, according to United Way.

For more information and a list of what to bring, call 211 or visit www.freetaxprepANC.com.

Reach Devin Kelly at dkelly@adn.com or 257-4314.

 


By DEVIN KELLY
dkelly@adn.com