Local residents can receive valuable help during the tax season from Community Action Partnership, which is providing free tax preparation assistance at its offices at 719 S. Main St. in Dayton and at the Youth Empowerment Center at 716 E. Main St. in Trotwood. Workers earning under about $47,000 annually may qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), a refundable tax credit available to eligible workers and their families. However, in order to get the credit, people must file and claim it.
According to the IRS, many people will qualify for the first time this year due to changes in their income, marital status or parental status. The Child Tax Credit (CTC) is available to workers earning more than $3,000. A qualifying child must be under age 17.
At Community Action Partnership and other tax sites, IRS-certified volunteer tax preparers work one-on-one with families and individuals to help file their tax returns and ensure that they receive the tax credits for which they qualify. In addition, some sites can direct their customers to no-fee bank accounts, credit repair services or financial education classes.
In 2012 as part of the Dayton Area EITC/CTC Coalition, Community Action Partnership helped approximately 450 customers electronically file their tax returns at no charge These customers received nearly $800,000 in tax refunds. This money went directly to families and helped the local community.
Tax assistance is available at Community Action Partnership beginning Tuesday, Jan. 22. Appointments will be made Monday through Thursday at the 719 S. Main St. office and on Saturday at the Youth Empowerment Center, 716 E. Main St. in Trotwood.
Customers should bring the following to their appointment:

  • W-2 forms;
  • 1099 forms (interest, earnings as an independent contractor);
  • Unemployment form;
  • Proof of childcare payments and tax ID for the childcare provider;
  • Social Security card for each dependent;
  • Other IRS forms as appropriate;
  • Last year’s tax return (if available);
  • Bank account and routing number for direct deposit;
  • State-issued photo ID.

For more information or to make an appointment, contact Alison Vaught at alisonv@cap-dayton.org or call (937) 341-5000 ext. 161 or 138.