Liberty Tax Service offers free tax preparation for police, EMTS, firefighters until March 3

Liberty Tax Service is honoring the work of public safety workers by offering free tax preparation to police officers, emergency medical technicians and firefighters. Individuals can get their taxes prepared for free from now until March 3 at participating locations in the Columbia area.

Liberty Tax Service offers free tax preparation for public servant (photo provided).

Liberty Tax Service offers free tax preparation for public servant (photo provided).

“This is just our way of honoring the courage and dedication of our men and women in law enforcement and public safety and to show our appreciation for their tireless efforts in keeping our community safe,” said Jesse Stone, a local Liberty Tax Service owner.

He manages six locations in Columbia, including stores on Garners Ferry Road, Devine Street, Knox Abbott Drive and three on Augusta Road in West Columbia. Stone said Liberty Tax Service has been offering this special for 10 years.

“During the end of February and March, we pick different groups of people who are very public service minded,” he said.

“Many people give of their time and energies selflessly. They are trying to make a difference by volunteering to help in their communities,” said John Hewitt, founder and CEO of Liberty Tax Service. “Liberty Tax Service wants to let them know that their efforts and contributions are important, and we appreciate them.”

Other groups picked include military service members, teachers and volunteers.

“Senior Citizen Appreciation Days” will take place from March 5 to March 14 and will offer free tax service for people ages 65 and older.

From March 12 to March 21, individuals who work with scouting and youth organizations, health nonprofits, food banks and other charities can get their taxes prepared for free.

Stone said his offices are open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Friday, 9 a.m to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Appointments aren’t necessary, but Stone said they can be made for those who choose not to wait.

Stone said individuals need to bring any documents that need to be itemized including medical, education, housing and mortgage interest, as well as all forms of income. He also encourages people to bring any extra documents they think need to be filed and the tax preparer can make a determination.

“It beats having to run back and forth to the house,” he said.

There are a total of 17 Liberty Tax locations in the greater Columbia area. To find the nearest location, call 866-871-1040 or visit the Liberty Tax service website.

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