Income tax filing deadline is April 18

Last minute tax filing tips

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - Tuesday's income tax filing deadline is fast approaching. Despite having three extra days to file this year, many people still have yet to do so.

Although it is a stressful time, experts say now is not the time to panic.

Help is available for those needing it. Some of that help is free for qualifying individuals.

IRS certified tax preparers and accounting students from Davenport University, Aquinas College and Cornerstone University are working with volunteers to provide free tax prep services throughout the weekend.

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"A lof of these people wouldn't be able to afford to pay someone to get their taxes done," said Austin Rohr, a finance major at Davenport University. "I think it's great we can help them get some credits or refunds that they may not know they're eligible for."

The free tax help is available for people with incomes less than $57,000 a year.

The event is being held at the ACSET Community Action Tax Center, at 121 Franklin Street in Grand Rapids.

Site coordinator, Scott Gumieny says volunteers are ready to welcome those who come in over the next two days.

"All day Monday and all day Tuesday they can come and walk in with their information," he said. "They need a photo ID, social security card and all their important tax documents and letters they get in the mail and we will make sure they get their taxes completed.

"All of our volunteers come to one location so we can handle the extra work."

Gumieny advise people to plan on spending between one and two hours to have their returns completed.

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