Free tax preparation available in Merrimack
NASHUA – Greater Nashua taxpayers with a household income of $53,000 or less can have their 2014 federal income tax returns prepared for free at one of five local locations.
Free tax help is offered through the Greater Nashua Asset Building Coalition. Volunteers who are trained and certified on IRS-approved software will help filers prepare their federal income tax returns and determine whether they qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit and other tax credits.
Free tax returns prepared by coalition volunteers for tax year 2013 brought more than $3.3 million in refunds to Nashua-area households, a 6 percent increase over the previous year. More than $12.1 million has been returned to the region over the last five years through the efforts of volunteers.
The Earned Income Tax Credit, which is designed to supplement wages of low- to moderate-income workers, can increase an eligible family’s tax refund significantly. Last year, 10,044 Greater Nashua filers claimed $19,475,499 in EITC. According to the IRS, the average EITC claimed in Greater Nashua last year was $1,452, with city of Nashua filers averaging a credit of $2,034; the average EITC claimed in New Hampshire was $1,931.
In many cases, an appointment is not needed at one of the five local sites; however some sites require appointments, and the Nashua Public Library requires appointments for Saturdays.
The sites are:
Nashua Public Library, 2 Court St. Available through April 15, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Fridays, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays (Feb. 14 and 21; additional Saturdays may be added; call 211 for information).
Nashua Senior Activity Center, 70 Temple St. Available through April 9, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursdays.
Wadleigh Memorial Library, 49 Nashua St., Milford. Available through April 14, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays and 3:30-6:30 p.m. Thursdays.
YMCA Merrimack, 6 Henry Clay Drive. Available through April 14, 9:30 a.m.-noon Mondays. Call 881-7778 for an appointment.
Rodgers Memorial Library, 194 Derry Road, Hudson. Available through April 14, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Mondays and Saturdays. Call 886-6030, ext. 4522, for an appointment.
To locate additional tax preparation sites in New Hampshire, call 211, United Way’s statewide toll-free information and referral service.
Members of the Greater Nashua Asset Building Coalition include the Internal Revenue Service; N.H. AARP Tax-Aide Program; The Front Door Agency; University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension; Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter; YMCA of Greater Nashua; Southern New Hampshire Services; Adult Learning Center; city of Nashua; Triangle Credit Union; and United Way of Greater Nashua.