Free tax help offered

For the 13th year in a row, Goodwill Hawaii is partnering with the Internal Revenue Service and Aloha United Way to provide free tax preparation assistance to eligible tax filers – individuals or families who earned $54,000 or less in 2016 and do not own a home or business.

Starting Feb. 1 and ending on April 1, Goodwill Hawaii will open seven tax clinics statewide ­— including on in Lihue.

Last season, Goodwill Hawaii assisted more than 1,700 households to file their federal and Hawaii state tax returns who received over $3 million in tax refunds and credits. On average, each household serviced by Goodwill received a tax refund of $2,000.

Interested parties are encouraged to schedule an appointment to meet with a tax preparer by visiting www.higoodwill.org or calling 836-0313. Walk-ins will also be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The Lihue site will be 4334 Rice Street Suite 205. It will be open the first and Third Thursday of every month, from 4 to 7 p.m., and the first Saturday of every month, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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