Dane County helps community with understanding tax credits

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MADISON, Wis. - Dane County is again offering free tax help to those who need it, and especially making sure lower income families take advantage of every tax credit available.

Such credits include the homestead tax credit and the earned income tax credit. The county is offering a free tax service through the Dane County UW-Extension complete with 136 volunteers and partnering with the Richard Dilley Tax Center.

Last year they prepared nearly 4,000 tax returns, yielding a total of $4.5 million in refunds.

"We want to make sure they know how to file, there have been some changes in state law recently that actually make it a little more challenging to file for the homestead credit, particularly for people on disability; They need a little more documentation than they used to," Dane County Executive Joe Parisi said.

For more information about getting help or offering to volunteer, you can call 608-283-1261