CACLV FREE TAX ASSISTANCE EXPANDS INTO WESTERN LEHIGH COUNTY

Posted by CACLV (ycolonlopez) on Feb 24 2012
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                            

 

CONTACT:      Michael DeCrosta

                        610-691-5620

St. Paul’s UCC in Trexlertown to Join CACLV Campaign to Help Working Poor Get All the Relief They Deserve

 

The Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley’s campaign to get lower-income taxpayers all of the benefits of the tax code will expand this year.  Volunteers from St. Paul’s United Church of Christ have been trained and the church has opened its doors to residents in western Lehigh County for free tax preparation assistance.  The church, located at 1249 Trexlertown Road, just south of Route 222 on old Route 100, will provide see eligible taxpayers on Tuesdays from noon to 4 PM.

 

CACLV also announced that two of its other locations have changed.  The Allentown site is now located at Community Services for Children at 1520 Hanover Avenue.  That site will be open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5 to 8 PM. 

 

The Easton site has been moved to the new technology center in the HOPE VI site where Neston Heights replaced the old Delaware Terrace housing project on Easton’s south side.  That site, located at 210 Jones Houston Way, will be open on Fridays from 5:30 to 9 PM and Saturdays from noon to 4 PM.

 

The agency will continue to offer services in its building located at 1337 East Fifth Street on Bethlehem’s south side on Mondays from noon to 8 PM and Saturdays from 10 AM to 2 PM.  Also, tax preparation assistance will be offered at the office of PA Representative Joe Emrick, located at 2165 Mount Bethel Highway on Thursdays from 1 to 5 PM.

 

The agency offers these services to ensure that taxpayers eligible for the federal Earned Income Tax Credit receive these and other credits.  For example, households earning up to $48,279 could be eligible for as much as $5,666 in EITC benefits.  Also, the agency will save taxpayers over $100 by avoiding commercial preparers.  Finally, these commercial preparers lure many lower-income taxpayers into “refund anticipation loans” that are little more than products that prey on lower-income people’s financial need to get their refunds as fast as possible.  For that service, gullible taxpayers pay huge fees.  CACLV, then, can save each household as much as $400.

 

Because taxpayers will need a number of documents to have their taxes prepared, they are encouraged to call CACLV first.  The agency prefers, too, that appointments be scheduled.  The agency’s phone number is 610-691-5620.

 

In 2011, CACLV’s trained volunteers prepared over 1,500 returns, bringing more than $2 million in refunds and credits back to the Lehigh Valley economy.

 

 

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