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Still need to do your taxes? Center for Siouxland’s free tax prep service extended

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SIOUX CITY (KTIV) -- If you haven't filed your taxes yet and you need some help, listen up.

The Center for Siouxland has extended its free tax prep services until May 17 for those who meet income guidelines of 57,000 or less.

Since Feb. 1, people with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, or VITA, have prepared more than 1,500 returns. That surpasses their goal of 1,200. Officials at the center said this program helps provide peace of mind.

"That's money that you've paid into the government and that's money that, they've only allocated so much of that money and they want to give that back to you, whatever extra that you gave them," said Ryan Odor, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program Coordinator. "Nothing is better than the person who walks in the door thinking that they're going to owe the IRS a bunch of money and they walk out with money."

Volunteers said many people are grateful to have this free service available.

"It really does save a lot of people a lot of money because they don't have to pay to have somebody, pay to get quality service, and have their taxes done correctly," said Susan McGuire, VITA program volunteer. "So it's a good feeling to know that you're helping so many people."

Officials will continue making appointments on a limited basis now. That will be Wednesday evenings from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Thursday and Saturday mornings from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

You can make an appointment by calling 712-252-1861 ext. 11.

Michaela Feldmann

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