BEAVERTON, Ore. – The Beaverton Tax Assistance Program, provided by the City of Beaverton, in partnership with CASH Oregon and AARP Tax-Aide, resulted in more than $2.1 million in tax refunds to the Beaverton community.
More than 55 volunteers completed 1,754 tax returns between Feb. 1 and April 15. Volunteers spoke 11 different languages and helped clients prepare and file tax returns at the Griffith Drive Building.
“Our volunteers are the life-blood of the tax return preparation program,” said Tax Site Coordinator Riley Eldredge.
Individuals and families that visited the tax site this year received an average return of $1,867. The tax site assisted eligible individuals and families with receiving the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), which more than 298 taxpayers qualified for this year. The EITC is the largest anti-poverty program in the nation and lifts an estimated 10.1 million people out of poverty every year in the United States.
CASH Oregon is continuing to offer summer free tax preparation at the Griffith Drive Building, 4755 SW Griffith Drive (3rd Floor) for those that need to file late or amend a return. They will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on four Wednesdays: May 8, June 12, September 4, and October 2. For more information on summer hours, please visit www.cashoregon.org.
Please remember that tax scams take many different forms. Regardless of whether you had your taxes prepared for you or did them yourself, stay vigilant against fake IRS phone calls and emails. The real IRS will never initiate contact with you by phone or email to ask for your personal or financial information, or call you to demand immediate payment. You can report tax scams to the IRS directly at www.IRS.gov.
For additional information about the tax assistance program, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/taxprep or contact CASH Oregon at 503-243-7765.