Saturday, March 17, 2012

Free tax services available for West Side

 With tax season well underway, West Side residents have two places they can go to get free assistance with their taxes.
 Creating Assets, Savings & Hope (CASH), located at 742 Delaware Ave., a coalition of more than 60 organizations that offer free tax services to several Buffalo communities, is one of them. Residents making $50,000 or less per year can get their refund in eight days to 15 days.
 “Yes it’s free, but it is a quality service,” said Katie Lyons, project manager of CASH. “We do try to tap into every Buffalo zip code. Even though there’s not a site at any of those agencies directly on the West Side, the service is still available to them.”
 Another free option available to taxpayers, in the community is the Second Look review at H&R Block, 282 Grant St. Second Look allows residents to get their tax returns reviewed for free by experienced tax professionals.
 We've seen quite a lot of mistakes out there, usually in the taxpayer's favor," said Michelle Loduzzette, tax professional at H&R Block.
 H&R Block often deals with reoccurring questions from tax payers.
 “Usually people want to know about different credits available to them,” said Loduzzetta. By Katie Anderson and Danielle Wayne