It’s here! Tax season has arrived again. Where to go? What to do? What documents are needed? Help is located at Lewis and Clark Community College’s Bethalto Center until April 13. The Alton Area Tax Project is a free tax preparation which has been offered to low income members of the Alton area since 2002.
Thanks to the support of The United Way of St. Louis, the IRS, and Lewis and Clark Community College for helping to get this project rolling in the Alton area.
The Tax Project, which is part of the Gateway EITC Community Coalition, has seven sites located in Illinois. These include Alton, Collinsville, East St. Louis, Fairmount City, Cahokia, and Edwardsville. L&C provided the free training site for the tax preparers; the Bethalto Community Educational Center will be used. L&C has done this for several years and in support of the community, continue to do so.
In order to be eligible for this service, your household yearly income must have been less than $51,000. You will be required to bring a photo ID for you and spouse, a social security card for each person included in the tax return, and all tax documents including W-2’s and 1099’s. If you are a homeowner, a real estate tax receipt with the parcel ID number will be needed. One needs to bring proof of unemployment compensation, a copy of last year’s tax returns, and proof of child care expenses if these are available.
Open Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, free services will be provided at the L&C Bethalto Community Foundation Center at 1136 Airline Drive on the south end of the airport. Tuesdays and Thursdays hours of operation are from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Saturdays they will be open from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.