As income tax season approaches, many area residents might be anxious to file their 2016 federal and state income tax returns quickly so they can receive all refunds and credits that are due.
The Ohio Benefit Bank encourages folks to "Hang on to Your Refunds" by checking first if they are eligible to use the OBB's computer-based free filing service.
The Salvation Army's Minerva/Malvern Service Unit is registered as an official Ohio Benefit Bank site. Trained volunteers will assist with the filing process for eligible individuals and couples. The total household income limit, also called "adjusted gross income," is $95,000 for joint filers and $65,000 for all others.
Household income includes wages, pensions, social security benefits, US Civil Service and Railroad retirement benefits, interest, dividends, taxable tuition payments, unemployment payments, certain gambling winnings, health savings account distributions and any other income reported on a Form 1099.
The Benefit Bank's computer software cannot assist those who have Schedule C business income, income from rentals or real estate, farm income, tips not reported on a W-2 statement, capital gains or gas/oil royalties.
Appointments will be available beginning Monday, Feb. 13, through Monday, April 10, at the Minerva Public Library during regular library hours and at the Salvation Army office.
These appointments must be scheduled in advance by calling the SA office in Minerva at 330-868-5808 or by signing up in person at the office at 301 Valley St., Minerva, during office hours each Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
There is no fee for this service. Completed returns can be filed electronically by the OBB volunteer with free copies provided for each taxpayer's records. All information is stored securely with the Ohio Benefit Bank and can be accessed later only by the taxpayer with his/her confidential user name and password.
The Ohio Benefit Bank also offers a self-serve option for those individuals who are comfortable using a computer either at home, the Minerva Library or any location that offers Internet access. Contact www.thebenefitbank.org for the free tax filing service. Step-by-step instructions are provided on the website.