It may now be mid-December but the time to file taxes will be here before you know it. With that in mind, the Milwaukee Asset Building Coalition (MABC) and Social Development Commission (SDC) are getting ready for the coming tax season.
Certification training at SDC Richards Street is being held for tax preparers at the partnership that has been preparing and filing tax forms at no charge for 12 years in Milwaukee County. Volunteers are receiving the classroom and computer work needed to earn IRS certification. Glen Radtke, a former IRS staff person, is among instructors leading workshops to update the volunteers on recent changes in tax law and tax forms.
At a computer lab at SDC, Chase Street tax site coordinator Rebecca Rosado assisted would-be tax preparers in learning how to use the Tax Wise software to prepare state and federal tax returns. She helped Chris Flowers, a first year volunteer for MABC, use the computer program to maximize returns for residents who will use the tax service in the coming months.
The free tax preparation services of MABC help thousands of residents each year fill out and file their taxes. Last tax season, the volunteers prepared more than 15,000 returns that brought back more than $14-million to local residents in tax refunds and credits. During its 12 year history, the program has returned more than $146-million to the Milwaukee economy at no cost to the tax filers.
The program will begin preparing taxes at sites across Milwaukee County in mid-January and operate until April 15. To learn more about the program, visit www.cr-sdc.org/index/Programs–Services/VITA.htm.