Free tax prep available in Grand Rapids

Free tax filing help

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - The deadline to file your 2016 income tax returns is quickly approaching.

Normally the deadline is April 15, but since that day falls on Saturday and Monday is an official holiday in Washington D.C. -- the IRS and states, including Michigan, have pushed the deadline back to Tuesday, April 18.

If you still need assistance filing those taxes, there are still places where you can get free help with your returns.

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.

"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.

The walk-in center is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 15. It is open from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on April 16 and 17.

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