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Free tax filing and help available

Taxpayers who earned up to $62,000 in 2015 can prepare federal and state income tax returns online and file electronically for free at www.myfreetaxes.com.

The Duluth Public Library provides computer access to MyFreeTaxes and tip sheets on how to use the site. You need your own email address to use the program.

Community Action Duluth’s IRS-certified volunteers are ready to help Minnesota and Wisconsin residents file federal and state tax returns. Community Action free tax prep clinics are held at 2424 W. Fifth St., Suite 102, and operate until Monday, April 18.

Doors are open for walk-in service Monday and Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. and Saturday starting at 8:45 a.m. No appointment is needed, but people customarily line up one to two hours early to secure a preparation slot.

Households and individuals with income up to $54,000 are eligible for volunteer-assisted tax service. For prior year and amended returns, call (218) 726-1665, ext. 39 to schedule an appointment.

Earned Income Tax Credit is the nation’s largest and most effective tool in helping low- and moderate-income taxpayers cover basic needs and move out of poverty. But the IRS estimates that one in five eligible taxpayers don’t claim this valuable credit.

Families earning up to $53,267 and individuals earning up to $14,820 in 2015 should visit www.youclaimit.org to see if they qualify.

A "Do Your Own Taxes" class on using MyFreeTaxes will be 5:30-8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 4, at the Ordean East Community School, provided through the Duluth Public Schools Community Education program. Fee is $5. Go to the Community Education website to sign up. For information call (218) 336-8760.

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