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01/10/03

Volunteers Help Low Income Workers File Taxes

Millions of dollars were left unclaimed during tax season in Jackson County last year. Hundreds of volunteers are training across the Coast to help others file taxes properly this year. Dozens of these volunteers met in Jackson County Saturday to get IRS certified, so they could help low income workers get their taxes filed free--and get them filed right.

"We hope it will have a tremendous impact in that we hope to serve at least 300 Jackson County residents by providing fee income tax preparation," said Diann Payne, Executive Director of the Jackson County Civic Action.

Volunteers like Tracey Glaude are learning how to file income tax returns to help low to moderate wage earners in this area. You don't have to pay a fee, and they will e-file your taxes for free," said Glaude. "You can either have it direct deposited into your bank account, or they will mail it to you in the mail."

At the end of training, Glaude will be IRS certified. She plans to help other families receive the right tax credits with her training.

"Especially if you have small kids. That's the key--helping families on low income to better themselves over the year and let them have good use of the money," said Glaude.

Organizer Diann Payne says they started this tax return program because the IRS reported many Jackson County residents weren't filing their taxes properly, leaving more than four million dollars unclaimed.

"That's money that not only will it help the local community, in that it will be an infusion of four million dollars in the local economy, but also it will be money in the households of the low income people that sorely need those funds," said Payne.

And thanks to these volunteers, more Jackson County residents may be able to get the money they deserve.

The volunteers will start working to help taxpayers January 17th.

Here's a check list of things you need to have on hand when getting ready to do your taxes:

Social Security Card

Proof of bank account

Amounts for 2003 payments of student loan interests, child care expenses, and college tuition

W-2 and 1099 statements.

The following is a list of all the locations offering free tax service in Jackson, Harrison and Hancock Counties:

Jackson County:

  • Families First Resource Center 5343 Jefferson St., Moss Point 228-769-3292
  • Boys and Girls Club 2221 Government St., Ocean Springs 228-762-3497
  • Moss Point School District Family Educational Center 4825 Dr. L.D. Chapman Dr., Moss Point 228-475-3323

Harrison County:

  • Boys and Girls Club 362 Lee Kerley Lane, Biloxi 228-374-2330
  • First United Methodist Church 2301 15th St., Gulfport 228-863-0047
  • Forest Heights Unit 201 Holly Circle, Gulfport 228-374-2330
  • Augusta House 2756 Fernwood Rd., Biloxi 228-385-1214
  • Visions of Hope 618 Division St., Biloxi 228-435-9200
  • Little Rock Missionary Baptist Church 5438 15th St., Gulfport 228-864-1255

Hancock County:

  • Gulf Coast Community Action Agency DeMill Square, 304-C Highway 90, Waveland 228-467-3198

Claire Nelson

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