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Feb 14th

Free tax preparation at Sabathani Community Center

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Sabathani Community Center will be preparing free tax returns every Saturday through the end of the tax season for people with low to moderate incomes.  Generally, service is available to families with an annual income of $45,000 or less and individuals with $30,000 or less.  This is a walk in service .

The building opens at 8 am, registration begins at 8:30 am. in room 129 and tax  services are provided from 9 am until Noon.

Tax preparers are IRS-certified volunteers from across the Twin Cities.  Sabathani is partnering with Accountability Minnesota a nonprofit organization that provides volunteer tax preparers and financial services to individuals with limited means.   Staff from Wells Fargo Bank will be present to open checking accounts for direct deposit of refunds and assist with other banking needs for those interested.  Free credit reports will also be available.

Sabathani encourages those taking advantage of this free service to arrive prepared --be sure to bring all documentation applicable to your situation.  
  • Minimum requirements are:
  • Photo ID
  • Social Security Card or Individual Tax Identification Number
  • Birthdates and social security numbers for all persons listed on tax return
  • Income statements or W2s for each job
  • All 1099 forms received
  • Year-end income for MFIP, SSI, MSA, GA, Veterans benefits, Workers Comp

Additional items to maximize your refund include:
  • Previous year's tax return
  • Direct Deposit Information: voided check or savings account number
  • Education expenses
  • Homeowners statements
  • Renters statements
  • Charitable donations
  • Child care expenses
  • Tuition or other expenses you wish to deduct.

Call (612) 821-2396 for information about registration, eligibility or documentation --Sabathani is unable to process Schedule C.

Sabathani was created in 1966 to provide structured activities for area youths.  Today Sabathani is a multi-service organization serving 20,000 people a year through four core programs: Family Resources (food shelf, free clothing and household goods, emergency assistance, information and referral & advocacy services); Horizons Youth Program (after-school academic support through mentoring and behavior modification); Senior Center (onsite medical services, transportation and shopping assistance, physical fitness and social engagement); and First Access Health Center (free medical and low-cost dental care for children, registration for fitness classes, gardening education and a Farmers Market).  

Sabathani's mission is to strengthen youth, children and families and to build the capacity of the community that it serves.  The overall goal of the organization is to move families from crisis to stabilization and self-sufficiency.

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