Along with other tax-assistance programs, the Opportunity Council’s Free Assisted Self-Service Tax Preparation program helped Whatcom County residents living on low-to-moderate incomes receive more than $2 million in refunds during the 2012 tax season.
The council’s program was funded by a grant from United Way.
The programs helped those who qualified file taxes without having to pay fees to a professional accounting, which can be as high as $233 per tax return.
“The $233 fee could pay the January heating bill of a family of four,” Barbara Plaskett, the Opportunity Council’s FAST site coordinator, said in a May 15 press release. “In many cases, the tax refund can help a struggling family pay off debt, catch up on bills or pay back-child support payments.”
The Opportunity Council is online at www.oppco.org.