Monday, January 19, 2015

NextStep Ministries Offering Free Tax Filing Assistance

Greenville – Free tax filing assistance through The Ohio Benefit Bank™ will once again be available at NextStep Ministries. Thanks to a grant from the Ohio Association of Foodbanks, home of The Ohio Benefit Bank, NextStep Ministries will be able to expand tax filing services for the 2014-2015 tax season.

“This grant is beneficial to our organization because it provides needed funds allowing us to offer free Federal, State and School tax completion to a large portion of Darke County households.” Commented Kristy Cutarelli, NextStep Ministries coordinator.

The Ohio Benefit Bank (OBB™) is an innovative online service that connects Ohioans with more than 20 work support programs and tax credits, including the Earned Income Tax Credit, child tax credits, and education credits. Ohioans can visit sites like NextStep Ministries to file their federal and state taxes for free with a trained counselor, or they can file on their own at NextStep Ministries also provides other ‘help’ ministries to the Darke County community such as: Star Seekers Christmas Shop, Community Construction, Paws for Jesus and NextStep Helps.

In 2014, NextStep Ministries served 336 residents of Darke and surrounding counties. NextStep Ministries of EUM Church, Greenville, was one of many grantees serving Ohio counties to receive this grant and is located at 400 Markwith Ave, Greenville, Ohio.

Residents interested in making an appointment to have their taxes filed or complete other benefit applications through the OBB can call 937-547-9730. Appointments are available weekdays, 9:30 am - 2:30 pm, limited evenings or at one of their Saturday tax clinics held February 8 & 15, March 1, 15 & 29 or April 5.

Community members interested in volunteering as OBB counselors are welcome to call Laura at 937-547-9730 or Brent Sigley at 614-221-4336 x 360.

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