For the sixth year, Tax Time will organize Super Saturday – the largest free tax preparation event in central Ohio, at Columbus Downtown High School on February 4th. More than 100 volunteers from local colleges, companies, and nonprofit organizations will complete an estimated 200 tax returns in one day, helping hardworking people receive the money they deserve. This event will significantly increase the capacity of Tax Time coalition members to provide tax preparation in early February, when demand is highest.
The event also includes a financial resource fair, with information on opening checking and savings accounts, understanding and enrolling in healthcare, understanding and repairing your credit, and benefits application assistance. There will be children’s activities, and Columbus Kids staff will provide kindergarten readiness assessments. In addition, the Fifth Third Bank Financial Empowerment Mobile eBus will be onsite providing financial education and services.
Those who cannot come to Super Saturday can still call 2-1-1 to get information on the more than 60 sites around central Ohio where free tax preparation is provided. Volunteers who want to help can go to taxtimecentralohio.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
Each year, Tax Time supports free tax assistance sites throughout Columbus between January and April. In 2016, volunteers prepared 19,482 tax returns at over 60 sites in Franklin County, helping people receive $19.2 million in refunds and save an estimated $3.8 million in tax preparation fees.
This year marks Tax Time’s 10th Anniversary. We started with humble beginnings: in 2007’s filing season, we served 1,781 households and helped them claim $1.9 million in tax refunds. By the end of filing season 2017, we served over 100,000 households and helped them claim well over $100 million in tax refunds.