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Free Tax Preparation at Greater Saint Paul Baptist Church

Submitted by Greater Saint Paul Baptist Church to the Minden Press-Herald for publication

With the changes in tax laws over the last 3 years, many people are uncertain about how to file their tax returns.  The economic conditions that exist today, requirements by IRS to receive stimulus checks and paying high fees for preparation of returns is not an option. So what do you do?  

For the sixth consecutive year, Greater Saint Paul Baptist Church has partnered with Internal Revenue Service, United Way of Northwest Louisiana and Creighton Hill Community Development Corporation to offer free tax preparation and electronic filing to any person or family who earned $55,000 or less per year. 

Taxes are prepared by IRS certified tax preparers and submitted electronically to IRS.  If you have a bank account IRS will deposit your return directly into your bank account.  If you have no account, your refund will be mailed directly from IRS. State tax returns will also be prepared. CHCDC VITA SITE has received the highest possible score, 100%, for the service provided to Webster Parish and surrounding parishes since its beginning.  

The Volunteer Site Coordinator Pastor Royal Scott, contributes the success of the site to the well trained and dedicated volunteers that love what they do and their high integrity. “This is a ministry for us and we receive great joy in helping people”.    

The site served more than 120 persons last tax season which presented a savings of $24,000 approximately to residents of Minden and surrounding areas.  This year because of the pandemic those desiring the services will be able to call and get instructions on the drop-off process which includes receiving the interview sheet by email.  

The location for these services is Greater Saint Paul Baptist Church 510 High Street in Minden. The site will be open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 3:00 until 7:00 p.m. and Saturday by appointment only. It is closed Tuesday and Sunday. The services will begin January 11th and will close April 15th. To schedule an appointment call 318-949-5768 or 913-269-5493 between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.