The 2020 tax season isn’t far away, and free income tax filing programs are looking for Michiganders willing to give their time to help others. The Consumers Energy Foundation has provided a $200,000 dollar grant to support the Community Economic Development Association of Michigan’s tax assistance work, which includes hiring and training tax-prep volunteers. Brian Wheeler with Consumers Energy says their interest is helping the people they serve in Michigan communities.
“As winter comes into place in Michigan it gets cold, people’s heating bills can rise. We know that helping with tax assistance and tax preparation can deliver those sorts of financial benefits that help keep people on their feet, and keep them out of a bad situation.”
In Michigan, the IRS VITA program assists more than 100,000 taxpayers every year at sites around the state, helping them save nearly $18 million in tax preparation fees. You can find out more at MichiganFreeTaxHelp.org.