Record numbers turnout for free tax service in Decatur

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The dread of tax season has been replaced by the anticipation of returns in Decatur.

Free tax preparations are being offered at the Decatur Public Library and people are flocking in droves to cash in on the opportunity.

This week people have begun lining up over an hour in advance so they can nab a spot to have their taxes filed free. The program is put on by Dove, the center for economic progress, Millikin University and the Decatur Public Library.

It offers free tax preparations for families making less than $45,000 and individuals who take home less than $20,000. Volunteers say with the economy the way it is, they are seeing more people taking advantage of the free service.

"The first year we prepared 159 returns and thought that was a tremendous year, and this week Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday we did about 240 returns to give you an idea of how much it's increased," said Ray Batman, tax project site manager.

Volunteers only have the capacity to do 60 returns on Tuesdays and Thursdays. So the site manager says if you don't have patience for long lines you should wait to have your taxes done later in the season or try Saturdays when they can help twice as many people.

If you meet the low income criteria, you can stop by the Decatur Public Library to get your taxes filed for free on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 9:30 a.m.

You can also do them in Springfield at the IRS taxpayer assistance center as they plan to help people with low income file their taxes on the 7th and 21st of February from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

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