Tax Preparation Time
Whether or not you owe any income tax, if you are a Michigan taxpayer you may qualify to get FREE help in completing your income taxes by an IRS trained volunteer income tax assistance (VITA) or tax counseling for the elderly (TCE) preparer. Contact your local free tax organization today to find out how you may qualify for thousands of dollars in tax credits like the Federal and state Earned Income Tax Credit.
To locate a free tax site near you, dial 2-1-1 or check the free tax assistance page.
Important Tax Credits
Are you getting every income tax credit you are due? If you are not, then you are just leaving your hard-earned money with either the state or federal government. Below is some information about many of the tax credits for which you may be eligible. Click on the links below to learn more about the credits and eligibility or visit one of the many free income tax preparers near you.
The Earned Income Tax Credit (there is both a Michigan and federal EITC)
Educational Tax Credits & Deductions (Hope, American Opportunity & Lifetime Learning credits)
The purpose of this Relief and Recovery Guide is to connect Southeastern Michigan residents affected by the August 2014 flood with disaster assistance and information. The Guide lists information on related programs and agencies. Information contained in this document will be regularly updated as new information is received
The Guide is arranged alphabetically, in sections based on needs and the types of services provided. Phone numbers, website links and specific information regarding service eligibility, hours, etc. may also be outlined.
You are welcome to dial 2-1-1 or toll free: (800)-552-1183, 24/7, for help in finding disaster assistance services. Language translation services are available. Individuals with hearing and speech disabilities can call Michigan Relay at 7-1-1 or 1-800-649-3777 to indirectly access 2-1-1.
Volunteers needed to assist flood victims
Many Detroit residents – especially seniors or those who have access and functional needs – are still suffering from the effects of the Aug. 11 flood and are in desperate need of assistance.
Volunteers are still needed to help muck out and cleanup some of the hardest hit neighborhoods before the harsh winter begins.
Those looking to help out in other ways are able to provide meals for the hard-working volunteers.
Our neighbors need help NOW!
To volunteer, please register at semichiganflood.givegab.com or call 2-1-1.
You can fill out a volunteer form online to sign up to volunteer. Online volunteer form here.
Request Flood Clean Up Assistance for Macomb, Oakland and Wayne Counties
If you need assistance in removing flood-affected belongings, mud, sand, or floodwater, gutting flood-affected walls (drywall/panelling) or disinfecting, volunteer organizations may be able to provide volunteers to assist in clean-up efforts.
You can also call 2-1-1 to speak to someone about referrals.
There is no set timeline or guarantee for assistance, but volunteers are being mobilized to help those in the greatest need as quickly as possible.
Log on to www.michigan.gov/mcsc for updates.
The Michigan Community Service Commission utilizes service as a strategy to address the state's most pressing issues and empowers volunteers to strengthen communities.
2-1-1 Gives More than Help. It Gives Families Hope.
Michigan 2-1-1 is a free, confidential service that connects you with local community-based organizations across the state offering thousands of different programs and services for people seeking answers. Dialing 2-1-1 or visiting your local 2-1-1 website gives you quick and easy access to information about services in your community. Eight regional 2‐1‐1 contact centers make up Michigan’s most up‐to‐date and comprehensive database of health and human services with over 7,800 agencies offering over 29,500 services across the state.
Why call 2-1-1.
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