MATC offering free tax return preparations

MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- It was a busy morning at Milwaukee Area Technical College on Saturday, January 25th, as many registered to be part of the select group getting free tax preparation and electronic filing in 2014.

"We take 35 customers on Saturday and 20 on Tuesday. It's on a first come, first served basis," said MATC Coordinator for Vita Site, Bobbie Sherrod.

Taxpayers with a family income of $52,000 or less are eligible for free help with preparing their basic, personal income tax returns. Organizers say they are happy to be doing a great service for the community.

"In some places they have to spend over $100 and sometimes close to $200-$300 to get their taxes prepared and they're the people that are in need the most," Sherrod said.

Those able to take advantage of the free service say they're thankful for the program.

"This is a big help. I'm so happy they offer this service," said college student Dominique Anwar. "I'm not going to be making that much back so I can't afford to have them take that much."

Many of the experience preparers have been with the MATC program for the last 12 filing seasons.

"We are certified by a program through the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Service," said Sherrod. "A number of our volunteers are from the Wisconsin Department of Revenue and so we have expertise."

MATC is offering free help with tax returns at its Downtown Milwaukee and Oak Creek campuses. CLICK HERE for more information.