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Free Tax-Filing Help Available In Downtown Jacksonville This Saturday

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Free help with filing taxes is available in Jacksonville on Saturday. The United Way is offering the service at the Jacksonville Children’s Commission building Downtown.

Jeff Winkler runs the United Way’s RealSense initiative, which is bringing in more than 20 tax experts to help people file.

“The goal for our event here is to help our hard-working, low-income families file their taxes for free," Winkler says, "but we also want to showcase all of the services and resources that are available through the RealSense coalition."

Those include legal advice, help enrolling in health insurance, and information about childcare and college scholarships, Winkler says.

People attending Saturday’s event must have a household income of less than $60,000. They should also bring social security cards for themselves and all of their dependents, W-2 forms and proof of health insurance.

Doors open at 9 a.m. and close at 2 p.m., but Winkler says people should aim to be in line by 12:30 p.m. at the latest because of a large expected turnout.

Jessica Palombo supervises local news gathering and production, podcasts and web editorial content for WJCT News, ADAPT and Jacksonville Today. She is an award-winning writer and journalist with bylines including NPR, Experience Magazine, and The Gainesville Sun. She has a master’s degree in broadcast and digital journalism from Syracuse University and is an alumna of the University of Florida. A nearly lifelong resident of Jacksonville, she considers herself lucky to be raising her own children in her hometown. Follow Jessica Palombo on Twitter: @JaxJessicaP