Tax season is upon us and the deadline is just a few months away. But it can cost money to have your taxes done, so one local center is stepping in to help provide those who qualify with tax services. 

The Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center offers a tax program for those who qualify, according to director Jerry Jones. The United Way of the Quad Cities area has arranged for the center to be one of 15 places and sites in the Quad Cities assisting families and individuals in preparing and filing their income taxes for 2018. It’s part of the IRS’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (vita) Program.

Jones says it helps people with small resources or communication challenges to get back all the money that is due to them including earned income and child care tax credits. These returns enter the Quad City economy while providing families an opportunity to become more financially stable, he says. Last year at the MLK Center, $1,447,938 in federal refund was returned to clients and $613,875 in EITC/CTC was refunded to clients. 

Jones goes on to say that volunteers gain a deep level of satisfaction working this program and college students gain credits or relevant experience working VITA.

People who qualify by their income can call 211 or (563) 355-9900 to schedule an appointment, or drop in at the King Center to have trained volunteers complete and file their federal and state tax returns for free. There are no cost or fees.

The list of items you need to bring include:
    Driver’s license or photo ID
    Social security card or individual tax identification number (ITIN) for all members in your family
    All W-2 forms
    Prior year tax return
    Account numbers for electronic deposit of refund
    All 1099 forms
    1099-INT interest from your bank
    1099-R pensions, annuities, retirement plans
    Health insurance documentation
    If filing jointly, your spouse must be present

Hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 5-8 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m.-12 p.m.