By Mike Dunn
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The tax man cometh, sooner than most of us care to think about. Uncle Sam is champing at the bit, with millions of tax returns about to come pouring into IRS offices over the next few months.READ MORE: Philadelphia Police Investigating Hit-And-Run That Killed Woman In Germantown: 'I Feel So Bad For The Family'
And here in Philadelphia, a local agency is once again launching its free tax preparation services for lower income families.
The Campaign for Working Families in Philadelphia says now is the time to get ready. Director Mary Arthur says the agency is launching its eleventh year of offering free tax preparation help to lower income Philadelphia residents.
“All of our volunteers and staffers are certified through the IRS,” she says. “Listen — you can save up to $500 (by using the free service), and what a person can do with that type of money, if you think about it: utilities, food, even rent.”READ MORE: Locals Flock To Lower Merion For Penn Wynne Civic Association’s 79th Annual Independence Day Celebration
The campaign has eleven tax preparation sites throughout the city, including a new one at 1207 Chestnut Street, in center city. There’s also a drop-off site at the “311 Center,” at City Hall. And additional online help is available at myfreetaxes.com.
Services are offered to families earning less than $51,000 per year or individuals earning less than $20,000.
More info at www.CWFPhilly.org (although the web site was not working at noontime today), or by calling the City of Philadelphia call center, 311.MORE NEWS: Crowds Gather In Haddonfield Township For First Major Rollout Of Fourth Of July Fireworks Since Pandemic