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  • 815 South Utica Avenue, Tulsa, OK 74104
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  • 815 South Utica Avenue, Tulsa, OK
  • 918.584.8607

Tulsa World: Area agencies provide free tax preparation

Linda Freeman doesn’t have a computer, and even if she did she wouldn’t feel comfortable filing her taxes online.

“I’d rather someone else do my taxes because I’m afraid I’d make a mistake,” she said. “My husband used to do our taxes online, and I was worried to death he’d make a mistake.”

Freeman paid someone to do her taxes a few times, but living on a single income means every bit of money she can save helps.

Last year she turned to LIFE Senior Services and its free tax-filing service. Volunteers with the agency were able to get her state and federal taxes filed for free.

The service saved Freeman more than $200.

“That’s money I can put in the bank,” she said.

LIFE Senior Services provided free tax assistance to 1,344 people last year, with an average savings of $200 to $400 each.

“We want people to remain independent in their homes for as long as possible, and one marker of independence is financial stability,” said Cindy Loftin, Tax Assistance Program coordinator with LIFE Senior Services. “That savings is huge for many of our clients who are on fixed incomes.”

Some of the clients served by the agency don’t have a tax liability, but it is able to help them receive a state sales-tax refund of $40 per taxpayer.

“That’s huge for many of our clients,” Loftin said. “For some of us $40 might not seem like a lot of money, but it can go toward medications, groceries, utility bills.”

The agency provides the service to those 60 and older with an annual household income of $54,000 or less.

The Tulsa Area United Way also is coordinating free tax preparation at a number of sites throughout the area.

The service is available to those with household incomes of $54,000 or less.

The organization assisted nearly 2,800 households last year, helping them receive $1.3 million in earned income tax credits.

This year it hopes to assist more than 3,000 households, said Cindy Longacre, director of the Tulsa Area United Way’s volunteer income tax assistance program.

“One of our building blocks is financial stability,” she said. “We know people who are low or middle income need assistance. Being able to do their taxes for free puts more money in their pockets.”

The United Way is also providing support for an online service, myfreetaxes.com, which allows those with a household income of $64,000 a year or less to file both federal and state returns online at no cost.

The AARP Foundation is offering its Tax-Aide service in 24 cities across the state, including three locations in Tulsa.

Last year, AARP helped more than 34,000 statewide file state and federal taxes.

Tulsa Area United Way

IRS-trained and certified tax preparers offer income tax filing help free for individuals and families with household incomes of $54,000 or less at the following locations:

• Tulsa Dream Center, 200 W. 46th St. North, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday and Thursday

• East Side Christian Church, 1438 S. Indianapolis Ave., 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays-Fridays

• The Center for Individuals With Physical Challenges, 815 S. Utica Ave., 5-8 p.m. Thursdays

• Goodwill Industries, 2800 Southwest Blvd., 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays

• YWCA Tulsa, 8145 E. 17th St., 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays — this is a bilingual location

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