Tax season is upon us

Tax season is upon us
The Mvskoke Loan Fund is taking part in an Internal Revenue Service program that helps prepare tax returns free of charge. (K.Barnett/Reporter)

“We try to make it a pretty painless process… we’re saving people usually between 75 and 300 dollars in tax prep fees.”— MLF CEO Christopher Coburn

MLF offers free tax help

Kevin Barnett/Reporter

OKMULGEE, Oklahoma — The deadline to file 2017 income tax returns is April 17, which is fast approaching.

The Mvskoke Loan Fund, participating in the Internal Revenue Services Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, is offering free tax preparation and e-filing of state and federal tax returns until April 12.

“We try to make it a pretty painless process… we’re saving people usually between 75 and 300 dollars in tax prep fees,” MLF CEO Christopher Coburn said.

The workload is being split between seven volunteers from across the Nation as well as the College of the Muscogee Nation.

Coburn said each volunteer goes through numerous certifications and training on tax preparation and the software used.

Once an appointment is scheduled, people are advised to bring all pertinent forms and documents pertaining to their income.

“They need to bring the typical stuff, so what came in and what went out. So if they have a 1099 or a W-2 as far as income and then what went out, meaning expenses,” Coburn said.

Although most filers opt to take the standard deduction, the volunteers can also help those who choose to itemize.

The program’s only provision for the service is that the total household income for the year cannot exceed $64,000.

Although the service is targeted at MCN employees and citizens, the program is open to Okmulgee area non-natives as well.

Appointments are held Tuesdays – Thursdays and can be made through contacting the MLF office at: 918-549-2603.

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