Midcoast CA$H, an initiative of United Way of Mid Coast Maine, is once again providing free tax preparation by IRS-certified volunteer tax preparers to households earning up to $60,000. Volunteer tax preparers help clients receive every federal and Maine tax credit that they qualify for, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit and Childcare Tax Credit. Midcoast CA$H also offers clients information about local programs that can help save money and increase financial stability, including debt-reduction programs, credit reviews and match savings accounts.

“Midcoast CA$H, an IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, returned $650,400 in income tax refunds to Midcoast households last year,” Doreen Fournier, director of community impact at United Way of Mid Coast Maine, said in a prepared release. “Thanks to our knowledgeable IRS-certified volunteer tax preparers, families have received larger income tax returns than they were expecting and saved money by having their returns prepared for free.”

Free tax preparation and guidance on how to get connected to local programs and services will be available by appointment from Jan. 31 through April 13 at locations in Bath and Wiscasset. Appointment scheduling begins Wednesday, Jan. 17. To schedule an appointment, call 295-6340, email midcoastcash@uwmcm.org or visit eznetscheduler.com/Calendar/MidcoastMaineCash.

The success of Midcoast CA$H depends on its volunteers and the financial and in-kind support of the following organizations: Bath Savings Institution, Davenport Trust Fund, John T. Gorman Foundation, Internal Revenue Service/VITA, Lincoln County Regional Planning Commission, Midcoast Maine Community Action, New Ventures Maine and United Way of Mid Coast Maine.

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