News Release -
Hawaii State Legislature
February 2, 2012- For immediate release
FREE FEDERAL AND STATE TAX PREPARATION AND FILINGAT THE STATE CAPITOL BY IRS-CERTIFIED VOLUNTEERSHonolulu, Hawaii.
On Saturday, February 4, 2012, from 9 am to 2 pm, IRS-certified volunteerswill assist taxpayers with filing their federal and state income tax returns free of charge inconference room 325 of the Hawaii State Capitol. In partnership with the Hawaii Alliance forCommunity-Based Economic Development (HACBED) and its partner organizations, statelegislators are hosting this special tax clinic to provide low-to-moderate income taxpayers withan opportunity to receive assistance from trained volunteers, who will help taxpayers savemoney through free taxing filing services and by claiming valuable tax credits. This event at theCapitol is an effort by state legislators to kick off the 2012 tax season.Since the 2006 tax season, HACBED, its community partners and volunteers have helped low-to-moderate income taxpayers claim almost $16 million in tax refunds, including $6.4 million inEarned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credits, and saved these taxpayers more than$1.9 million in tax preparation costs.State legislators sponsoring this free tax clinic at the State Capitol are: House Speaker CalvinSay, Representative Della Au Belatti, Representative Karl Rhoads, Representative Sylvia Luke,Representative Scott Saiki, Representative Scott Nishimoto, Senator Suzanne Chun Oakland,Senator Brickwood Galuteria, Senator Michelle Kidani and Senator Mike Gabbard.Tax preparation sessions are confidential and safe. All tax returns will be prepared by IRS-certified volunteers who volunteer at other sites coordinated by HACBED's Family andIndividual Self-Sufficiency Program.The program started offering free tax assistance services to low-to-moderate income workersat four permanent sites in 2005 when it was first established under Aloha United Way. Today,this statewide program recruits volunteers and coordinates efforts at more than 40 sites andclinics that are sponsored by non-profit organizations, educational institutions, and businesses.Some of the program's community partners include Alulike, Inc., Goodwill Industries, HonoluluCommunity Action Program, INGDirect, Kauai Tax Prep, KEY Project, Leeward CommunityCollege & UH West Oahu, Volunteer Legal Services Hawaii, and several credit unions in Kekaha,Hickam, and Maui.