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Make sure you get the tax return you deserve

Accounting Aid Society to attend next Utica council meeting

By: Kara Szymanski | Shelby - Utica News | Published December 27, 2019

UTICA  — If you’re looking to find out if you are getting the tax return you actually deserve, you might want to consider attending the next Utica City Council meeting Jan. 14.

At the next Utica City Council meeting, an organization will be presenting different types of aid and programs that residents can qualify for to help them get the returns to which they are entitled.

The Detroit-based Accounting Aid Society’s Lindsey Vaclav will be visiting Utica to explain what assistance is available to taxpayers and to break down the different programs available to those who meet certain criteria.

The Accounting Aid Society provides tax preparation services for low-income residents.

Many low-income individuals work full-time jobs and still struggle to make ends meet. The earned income tax credit provides tax bonuses to workers who meet certain criteria for financial need.

Many people might not know they qualify for credits like these.

The Accounting Aid Society assists with filing federal, state, and local tax returns to ensure that filers receive maximum tax refunds.

Families and individuals with incomes up to $56,000 are eligible for free, full-service tax help from the Accounting Aid Society.

According to the Accounting Aid Society, the organization is different from other organizations specifically because it is a nonprofit.

“We’re a nonprofit organization, so we’re different from commercial tax preparation services in that we provide free basic income tax return preparation,” Katie Migliazzo, a development specialist at the Accounting Aid Society, said in an email.

She said that a lot of residents look to their tax returns as important sources of income, and paying to get their returns from commercial services can be detrimental. With the society’s services, there is no cost for those who qualify.

“A lot of low- and moderate-income (people) look to tax refunds as an important source of income, but paying for commercial tax preparation services can be really expensive, especially when families depend on every penny of their refund. So, through us, eligible filers can bypass commercial fees, receive an accurate return from trustworthy preparers (all of our preparers are IRS-certified), etc.,” said Migliazzo.

The Accounting Aid Society even assists those who would like to file their taxes on their own.

Gus Calandrino, a Utica City Council member, said that he personally met with the organization and spoke about the programs.

“The Accounting Aid Society has been helping working families with tax preparation for many years. I met with Ms. Vaclav at her Detroit office, and she graciously offered to visit Utica and give our residents a presentation about the services her organization offers,” he said in an email.

He said he hopes that the society will be able to help residents who might have low incomes.

“The Accounting Aid Society offers free tax preparation services for residents at certain income levels. They also ensure that working families take advantages of all the tax breaks available to them. If our residents are able to keep more of their hard-earned money, they can use those resources to provide for their families,” he said.

He said he is looking forward to hearing about the services that residents can utilize.

“I’m anxious to hear about the services provided by the Accounting Aid Society and how they can benefit our hardworking residents and our seniors on fixed incomes.” said Calandrino. “This may be very helpful to our seniors and fixed-income residents.”

The next City Council meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 14. at Utica City Hall, located at 7550 Auburn Road.

Accounting Aid Society services are available via appointment by calling (313) 556-1920.

For a full list of the Accounting Aid Society’s tax sites, days and times of operation, documents and information to bring to appointments, and additional information, taxpayers can visit accountingaidsociety.org/taxpayers.