GREENVILLE — The Fish Choice Pantry will receive funding to support the expansion of their free tax filing services through The Ohio Benefit Bank™. The Ohio Benefit Bank (OBB™) is a program of the Ohio Association of Foodbanks that provides free help with federal, state and school district tax filing to nearly 30,000 Ohio households each year.
Fish Choice Pantry will be providing free tax completion services to the Darke County community by appointment, by providing weekday, evening and Saturday appointments.
The OBB is made up of a network of more than 1,000 community and faith-based organizations that connect Ohioans with more than 20 work support programs and tax credits, including the Earned Income Tax Credit and child tax credits, through one streamlined online service called The Benefit Bank®. Ohioans can visit sites like Fish Choice Pantry to file their taxes for free with a trained counselor, or they can file on their own at www.ohiobenefits.org. Most households using the married filing jointly status with incomes less than $95,000 and most households using other filing statuses with incomes less than $65,000 are eligible to file their federal, state and school district taxes for free with the OBB.
In 2017, The Fish Choice Pantry served well over 450 residents of Darke and surrounding counties.
“This year, we hope to serve even more residents and help them keep the full tax refunds they’ve earned,” said Fish Director, Kristy Cutarelli.
Residents interested in making an appointment to have their taxes filed through the OBB can call 937-547-9730. Appointments are available weekdays, evenings, or at one of their Saturday tax clinics.
Community members interested in volunteering as OBB counselors are welcome to call Kristy or Laura at 937-547-9730 for more information.