LEWISTON – Super Saturday’s free tax preparation opportunity was a great success on Feb. 11. Hosted at Andover College and sponsored by the Lewiston-Auburn Tax Credit Awareness Coalition, 114 federal/state tax returns were e-filed for low- and moderate-income workers.

Robert Weeks, an attendee, repeatedly thanked volunteers for the assistance, adding, “You saved me a big headache.”

All volunteer tax preparers had undergone training and received certification from the Internal Revenue Service.

The free event was part of an ongoing effort to inform residents about the Earned Income Tax Credit, a federal benefit that many workers are not aware they are eligible for. For 2005 returns, eligible individuals may receive a tax credit up to $4,400. The EITC is in addition to any other tax credit an individual may be eligible for.

Asset-building information was available, along with on-site representation, regarding the Maine Center for Financial Education, Coastal Enterprises Inc., Habitat for Humanity, Lewiston Housing Authority, Androscoggin County Head Start and Child Care, city of Lewiston, city of Auburn and Key Bank.

Mark Millar, division director of Casey Family Services, also spoke at length with several individuals who were seeking positive ways to utilize their refunds for the betterment of their future.

Free tax prep opportunities will continue until March 31 at the Multi-Purpose Center and Hillview, Lewiston, and Auburn City Building. Interested residents are encouraged to call 784-2951, ext. 109, for an appointment.

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