GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Tax season is one of the most stressful times of the year for many people. Sometimes the pressure to get it done leads to costly mistakes.

This week, the Heart of West Michigan United Way is lending a helping hand for those who qualify.

Heart of West Michigan United Way's Kent County Tax Credit Coalition is teaming up with Steelcase to offer free tax help for households who income is $55,000 or less.

Program director, Brenda Brame says more than $14 million in Earned Income Tax Credit dollars go unclaimed in Kent County every year.
The program utilizes 200 volunteers each year, ranging from Steelcase's finance department, to Grand Valley State University students, to local church groups.

Kent County Tax Credit Coalition has generated more than $73 million in tax credits for over 61,000 tax payers in Kent County.
Financial literacy courses are also offered to clients to help them repair credit, reduce debt, learn how to budget and increase their savings.

The free tax is being offered Feb. 16 and Thursday, Feb. 18 between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Steelcase University.

That is located 901 44th Street SE. No appointment is needed. People are encouraged, however, to call 211 for information on what documentation is needed.

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