Clinics open starting January 29; New Drop-Off Services also available
Honolulu, Hawaii – Goodwill Hawaii is now taking appointments to help individuals or families – who earned $54,000 or less in 2017 and DO NOT own a home or business – prepare and file their taxes for FREE. New this year, in addition to the in-person appointments Goodwill is offering drop-off services at all of its clinic locations except Windward Oahu.
“Filing taxes can be a very daunting and stressful task, but we’ve got a great team of IRS certified, volunteer tax filers who are eager to assist and make the process seamless from start to finish,” said Katy Chen, chief operating officer of Goodwill Hawaii. “Last year, families who came to Goodwill Hawaii for assistance received an average refund of $2,000. The best part of our service is families can keep their entire refund whereas other tax return preparers usually charge a fee or take a percentage of the refund.”
Eligible participants can schedule an appointment online at www.goodwillhawaii.org or by calling (808) 836-0313 to visit one of the seven tax clinics opening statewide from Jan. 29 through April 7. Locations include three on Oahu in Honolulu, Kapolei and Windward Oahu, two on the Big Island in Hilo and Kona, one in Kahului, Maui and one in Lihue, Kauai. Drop-off services will be available from Tuesday through Thursday, 10 am to 2 pm, with a three business day turnaround time. A complete list of locations and their hours of operations can be found below.
Participants should visit Goodwill Hawaii’s website prior to their appointment to be prepared to bring with them the necessary documents. Walk-ins will be accepted for in-person appointments only on a first-come, first-serve basis. Only one individual or household will be served per appointment.
The nonprofit organization, whose mission is to help people with employment barriers reach their full potential and become self-sufficient, has been offering this community service for 14 years in partnership with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Aloha United Way.
Last season, Goodwill Hawaii assisted more than 2,200 households to file their Federal and Hawaii State tax returns who received over $4 million in tax refunds and credits. On average, each household serviced by Goodwill received a tax refund of $2,000.
Following is a list of the Goodwill Hawaii operated free tax clinic locations and their hours of operation: