Free Tax Help Meant Millions In Refunds To North Country Residents

Jan 26, 2012

In six years a North Country group has helped low and moderate income families get more than two million dollars in tax refunds. Now the free service is underway again. NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

Once again the Family Resource Center of Gorham is offering free tax preparation for families and individuals earning no more than $58,000.

Last year a record 422 returns were prepared by trained volunteers.

That gave some for North Country residents a fiscal boost.

“We brought in a total of over $570,000 in tax refunds.”

That’s Miranda Bergmeier. She’s with the center.

There was another savings, too. Unlike commercial firms there’s no charge.

“We are also saving them on average, it is estimated, about $300.”

In the last six years refunds have totaled about $2.2 million, according to Bergmeier.

For NHPR News this is Chris Jensen