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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

There will be 24 free tax prep clinics offered across Cuyahoga County this year as part of the IRS's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.

"The most important job I have right now is making sure that Cuyahoga County government works for the people it serves," said Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald. "I thank the Cuyahoga County EITC Coalition for joining us in this effort to ensure that working families will be able to file their taxes on time and successfully claim the federal benefits they've earned."

The series announced Tuesday includes a total of 24 locations across Cuyahoga County where free tax preparation services will be offered for residents.

Taxpayers who earn less than $51,567 annually and are filing a simple return are eligible to participate.

Appointments can be scheduled by visiting www.refundohio.org <http://www.refundohio.org/> or calling 211. 

Tax returns will be prepared and filed by IRS-certified tax preparation volunteers, who will also notify taxpayers if they qualify for certain federal tax benefits, including the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit. 

In addition, Cuyahoga County, which is one of the EITC Coalition's largest financial partners, is providing two County locations to host tax prep services.

These are:

· West Shore Neighborhood Family Service Center 
9830 Lorain Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44102
Open Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Open Saturdays, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

· Southgate Neighborhood Family Service Center
5398 ½ Northfield Road
Maple Heights, Ohio 44137
Open Wednesdays, 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Open Saturdays, 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

The series of 24 free tax prep clinics will also include several "Super Saturday" events at select locations where a larger number of volunteers will be on hand to provide additional assistance.

These include:

· February 1
Fairfax Connection (co-hosted by PNC Bank)

· February 15
Cleveland Central Catholic High School (co-hosted by Third Federal Savings and Loan)

· February 22
Southgate Neighborhood Family Service Center (co-hosted by Fifth Third Bank)
Neighborhood Housing Services (co-hosted by Charter One Bank)

· March 1
Hispanic Business Center (co-hosted by Ohio Savings Bank

· April 12
Famicos Foundation (co-hosted by Fifth Third Bank)

Required documentation for tax preparation will include: Current photo identification, Social Security cards for each adult and child, W2 and 1099 income statements, child care expense statement and provider's Tax I.D. Number, Form 1099-INT for any checking or savings accounts, and bank account and routing numbers for direct deposit. 

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