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Free tax clinics in Codman Square

Spearheaded by the Mayor's Office, in collaboration with non-profit, corporate and community partners, the Boston Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Campaign kicks off this week. One of the city’s first locations and one of its highest performing in the city is located at Codman Square Health Center at 450 Washington St., one block from the Dorchester Courthouse. The Codman Square Tax Site alone returned over 3 million dollars in 2013 to taxpayers in the Dorchester neighborhood.

The EITC program is a federal initiative that encourages low-income taxpayers to file their taxes at free local tax sites where there are tax preparers skilled in under-claimed credits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit. These are credits which are geared to help low-income taxpayers maximize their refunds as the government recognizes that low paying jobs often do not pay a living wage. If a taxpayer works and earns under a certain amount, which varies based on income and number of dependents, then federal tax law allows for a credit to provide additional funds for the qualifying taxpayer. The credits are particularly geared towards single parents, especially those with younger children. It is one of the most effective anti-poverty programs in the country.

This year’s Codman Square site will once again be run three days a week on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4PM to 9PM, and Saturdays from 9AM to 2PM, taking clients on a walk-in, first-come first-serve basis. The Codman Square site is largely run by volunteers, and there always exists a need for additional volunteers. If interested in volunteering to help with the Tax Clinics please visit www.mydorchester.org/volunteer or contact Avada Douglas at avada.douglas@dotwell.org. In addition to the Codman Square Tax Clinic site there are a number of additional sites throughout Dorchester and Boston. Visit www.bostontaxhelp.org for more information.