Dane County offers free tax prep help for lower-income families

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Dane County officials announced Monday a new effort to make sure those living in poverty are aware of all available tax benefits for those with lower incomes.

Dane County’s Department for Equity and Inclusion, the Human Services Department and the UW- Extension are teaming up to reach out to targeted neighborhoods to try to increase the amount of taxes filed for the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Homestead Tax Credit, according to a release.

Dane County UW-Extension has run the Financial Education Center since 2005 and is a primary partner for the free tax service, officials said.

The free income tax assistance site, the Richard Dilley Tax Center, prepares around 4,000 tax returns for free every year, according to the release. The service brought $4.1 million in federal and state taxes back to Dane County in 2015.

Under the program, volunteers help low income, disabled and senior citizens prepare tax forms at no charge, officials said.

To get more information on the program, call 608-283-1261.