Tri-C will again offer free personal income tax filing service to qualified taxpayers filing a simple return with a 2015 earned income of less than $62,000. The services will be offered at four campus locations this year.
Walk-in assistance on a first-come, first-served basis is available as follows at these locations:
- Metropolitan Campus, 2900 Community College Ave., Cleveland. The free tax clinics will run between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturdays from Feb. 6 through March 26 (closed March 19) in the Technology Learning Center, Room 153. No schedule C, D or E preparation.
- Western Campus, 11000 Pleasant Valley Road, Parma. The free tax clinics will run between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays from Feb. 5 through April 2 in Galleria Room G271.
- Eastern Campus, 4250 Richmond Road, Highland Hills. The free tax clinics will run between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays from Feb. 6 through April 2 (closed March 19) in the Student Services building, Room 3405.
- Corporate College West, 25425 Center Ridge Road, Westlake. The free tax clinics will run between 4 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Wednesdays from Feb. 3 through April 1 (closed March 23) in Room 201.
Capacity limits are impacted by the number of volunteers on any given day. Other sites can be found at http://irs.treasury.gov/freetaxprep
No appointments will be accepted at any of the campuses.
Returns will be prepared and filed by IRS-certified tax preparers and completed while the taxpayer waits. All returns will be screened for eligibility for the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit.
To qualify for the service, taxpayers must have a 2015 earned income of less than $62,000 and must be filing a simple return. Services may be available to assist with Schedule D, 1099-C and 1099-A, as well as Schedule C, self-employed individuals with less than $5,000 in business expenses, no employees and no inventory.
Participants must bring a current photo ID; Social Security cards for each adult and child listed on the return; all 2015 tax documents, including sources of income statements; support for any deductions and credits being sought; health care verification; prior year tax returns; and bank account and routing numbers to arrange direct deposit of any refund. Those filing jointly must both be present if e-filing.
The Affordable Care Act
The Affordable Care Act requires taxpayers and all dependents to have minimum essential coverage for the entire year or qualify for exemption. Qualified minimal essential coverage will be disclosed on your W-2 or through Form 1095-A if coverage was purchased through the healthcare marketplace. If the taxpayer did not qualify for an exemption and was not covered under a health insurance policy that meets the minimum essential coverage, the taxpayer may be subject to their individual shared responsibility and thus reduce expected tax refunds or result in taxes owed. Go to http://www.irs.gov/Affordable-Care-Act for more details on the ACA tax provision.