Free tax assistance through The Ohio Benefit Bank will once again be available at Thea Bowman Center (TBC) located at 11901 Oakfield Avenue with the driveway located off East 120th and Union Avenue. Thanks to a grant from the Ohio Association of Foodbanks, home of the Ohio Benefit Bank, TBC will be able to expand tax filing service for the 2013 tax season. This service is only available to individuals with a maximum income level of $65,000 and families with a maximum income level of $90,000.
“As an Ohio Benefit Bank counselor and a member of the Mt. Pleasant / Union Miles community, I know that our area will benefit from having the free tax preparation available to us. Money doesn’t grow on trees, so learning to best use our free resources, right in our own neighborhood, allows us to keep our vital financial and time resources for other needs i.e. bill paying, transportation and/or saving and investing. And that truly is a benefit.” – Delena Warr.
The Ohio Benefit Bank (OBBTM) is an innovative online service that connects Ohioans with more than 20 work support programs and tax credits, including the Earned Income Tax Credit, child tax credits, and education credits and federal financial aid (FAFSA). Ohioans can visits sites like www.TheaBowmanCenter.org and check out our calendar and contact info for the location of where to file their federal and state taxes for free with a trained counselor, or they can file on their own at www.ohiobenefits.org. The Thea Bowman Center offers food support through the Hot Meals and Food Pantry program; adult education including adult literacy and GED classes; children’s programs for after school and Saturdays for grades K-8 along with summer youth camp; and TBC also provides emergency help through Works of Mercy by appointment and while resources are available.
Residents interested in making an appointment to have their taxes filed or complete other benefit applications through the OBB can call (216) 491-0699. Appointments are available Monday evenings from 3:30 -5p.m. and Tuesday through Thursday 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. (which ends at 2:30 pm) and evenings from 3:30 – 5 p.m. (which ends at 6:30p.m.; or at one of the Saturday Tax Clinics from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m). On Friday we will also schedule self-serve tax time as the community needs.
Community members interested in volunteering as OBB counselors are welcome to call Delena Warr at (216) 491-0699 or leave a message with their name and contact number on the voicemail.