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More Than 1,000 Taxpayers Per Year Assisted, Saving Hundreds by Avoiding Commercial Preparers and Their Costly “Refund Anticipation Loans”

The Community Action Lehigh Valley has dozens of trained volunteers waiting to help lower-income taxpayers file their tax returns.  Taking advantage of Community Action’s services could save taxpayers hundreds of dollars on fees charged by commercial preparers while  also saving them from the high-cost “refund anticipation loans” the commercial preparers offer by charging exorbitant fees for the privilege of getting taxpayers their refunds a few days earlier than the Internal Revenue Service can.

Taxpayers with household income less than $50,000 are eligible for Community Action’s free tax preparation assistance.  Depending on the size of the family and other factors, taxpayers could be eligible for up to $6,044 in refunds and tax credits.

Following is a list of the sites, dates and times during which Community Action can assist:

Community Services for Children

1520 Hanover Avenue Allentown

Open Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays 4:30 to 8 PM

Spanish speaking interpreter will be available every Monday

Community Action’s Forte Building 1337 East Fifth Street Bethlehem

Open Mondays 10 AM to 8 PM Saturdays 9 AM to 3 PM

Spanish-speaking interpreter will be available on Mondays

Easton Public Library 515 Church Street Easton

Open Tuesdays 2 to 7 PM and Saturdays 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM

St. Paul’s United Church of Christ 1249 Trexlertown Road Trexlertown

Open Tuesdays 10 AM to 3 PM

Borough Hall 11 North Robinson Avenue Pen Argyl

Open Tuesdays and Thursdays 10 AM to 3 PM

Taxpayers can schedule appointments by calling Community Action at 610-691-5620 or by using the following link: Click Here

Community Action has been offering free tax preparation services for nearly ten years.  The non-profit anti-poverty agency has prepared thousands of returns and has repeatedly received accolades from the regional office of the Internal Revenue Service.  The taxpayers the agency has assisted have collected millions in refunds and credits that enable them to pay their bills, make down payments on homes, and stimulate the local economy.

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