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Coalition reminds taxpayers about federal tax credit, offers free tax preparation

In Clinton County, tax preparation is available at the Senior Citizens Council of Clinton County senior center, 5139 N. Catherine St., Plattsburgh. During the month of February, the site is open Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., and Wednesday and Thursday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. The site will be closed Monday, Feb. 16, in observance of Presidents Day. Hours will be limited beginning in March. Walk-ins at that facility are welcome.

In Essex County, tax preparation is offered at Adirondack Community Action Programs Inc., 7572 Court St., Suite 2, Elizabethtown; Lake Placid Public Library, 67 Main St., Lake Placid; and St. Patrick's Parish Center, 17 St. Patrick Place, and Sherman Free Library, 20 Church St., in both in Port Henry. All sites in Essex County, with the exception of Lake Placid Public Library, require appointments by calling 1-800-675-2668 in advance. Appointments are required at the Lake Placid Public Library by calling 523-3200.

Tax preparation at sites in both counties will be offered until April 15.

In addition to the United Way of Clinton and Essex Counties, the coalition consists of representatives from OneWorkSource, Adirondack Community Action Programs, Senior Citizens Council of Clinton County, Joint Council for Economic Opportunity of Clinton and Franklin Counties, American Association of Retired Persons, and the Internal Revenue Service. The coalition also includes representation from the Office for the Aging, Department of Social Services, and Retired and Senior Volunteer Program in both Clinton and Essex counties.

For more information about the EITC or tax preparation offered by coalition volunteers, including what paperwork to bring when filing your taxes, contact Bernardi at 563-0028. More information about the EITC may also be found on the IRS Web site, www.irs.gov.

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