Mayor Scott and other officials highlight free tax relief available to Marylanders – CBS Baltimore

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — On Friday, Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott and other officials urged low-to-middle income residents to take advantage of free tax preparation services.

These services are available through Maryland’s Creating Assets, Savings, and Hope (CASH) Campaign, a nonprofit organization that provides free assistance to residents in need.

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Campaign staff hosted a virtual meeting with Scott and others to draw attention to the location of several sites that aim to help state residents who earned less than $58,000 in 2021.

Tax preparation sites are located throughout Baltimore. Some of them are drop-off sites only while others offer walk-in services. All tax preparation sites require appointments.

CASH Campaign staff have prepared and filed more than 235,500 tax returns, putting nearly $333 million in refunds and tax credits in the pockets of Maryland residents, over the past two decades.

Internal Revenue Commissioner Charles Retting noted that around 20% of people are unaware they are eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and can use it to increase the amount of the refund they are entitled to. they receive. The challenge is to reach that pocket of people, said Rep. Kweisi Mfume (D-Md.).

The EITC is a refundable tax credit for low to middle income earners. It is more advantageous for people who have children or dependents, because the amount of the benefit fluctuates according to the number of dependants.

Scott said the credit could theoretically “put thousands of dollars back into the pockets of working families.”

“We want people to book appointments at Bmorefreetaxes.org,” he said. “We want you to do this. And Certified IRS Volunteers will prepare and file your taxes electronically for the price of $99 FREE, that’s $99 FREE, securely with virtual and in-person filing services for our residents who earned under 58 $000 or less last year. .”

Marylanders have more time to take advantage of the free tax service, Comptroller Peter Franchot said.

The state has extended the deadline for filing and paying personal income taxes until July 15 to help families struggling financially due to the pandemic.

Franchot announced the extension of the deadline on January 19.

This is the third straight year the state has extended its personal income tax deadline to provide financial relief to taxpayers, many of whom are struggling to make ends meet due to the pandemic.

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Franchot described his concerns about the economic impact of COVID-19 on the people of Maryland during the virtual hearing. He said it was important to help them maximize their tax benefits given that the pandemic has created economic hardship that has left “thousands of Marylanders struggling to put food on the table to pay for their invoices and avoid seizure and possible eviction”.

He urged Marylanders to check if they qualified for the EITC.

In tax year 2020, more than 250,000 Marylanders claimed more than $111 million in state EITCs with the highest number of claimants in Prince George’s County, Baltimore County, the city of Baltimore and Montgomery County, he said.

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski also urged people to take advantage of the full range of CASH campaign services, not just the tax preparation part. The CASH campaign can help people open a savings account, get a secure checking account at low cost, and find benefits.

People who live in the Baltimore area can make an appointment by calling 410-234-8008 anytime between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Or they can make an appointment online by going to www.bmorefreetaxes.org.

Those who live outside the Baltimore area can find a nearby tax preparation location by calling 1-800-492-0618 or by going to www.bmorefreetaxes.org.

Central Baltimore

  • 1199 SEIU- Drop-off by appointment for union members only
    • 611 North Eutaw Street, 21201
  • Enoch Pratt Central Free Library – Deposit, by appointment only
    • 400 Cathedral Street, 21201

West Baltimore

  • UMB Community Engagement Center – By appointment only
    • 16 Poppleton Street North, 21201

Northwest Baltimore

  • YMCA– Deposit, by appointment only
    • 1609 Druid Hill Ave, 21217

North Baltimore

  • Loyola Maryland University – Deposit, by appointment only
    • Loyola Clinical Center
    • 5911 York Road, #100, 21212
  • Morgan State University, School of Business – Deposit, by appointment only
    • 1700 East Cold Spring Lane, 21251
    • Corner of Hillen Road and Argonne Drive

East Baltimore

  • We are CASA – Deposit, by appointment only
    • 2706 Pulaski Highway, 21224
    • By appointment only 410-732-7777
    • *Services available in español, call 410-732-7777 para hacer una cita

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Baltimore County

  • Baltimore County Public Library – Deposit, by appointment only
    • Randallstown Branch
    • 8604 Liberty Road, Randallstown, 21133
  • University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) – By appointment only
    • Community Center Apartment,
    • 1000 Hilltop Circle, Catonsville, 21250

Julio V. Miller