Hali Motes is like many people now days; watching her checkbook and trying to spend wisely.
That could be why tax season isn't greeted with a warm welcome when you have to dish out major cash.
“At least $250 dollars I think, to get it back rapidly, I think $150,” Motes tells us.
Motes, like many people, have paid hundreds of dollars to get their money back.
And, with a tight economy, spending more isn't a fan favorite.
However, a community service project at Wallace Community College is helping those who are pinching pennies.
Delmar Smith, with the Business of Technologies at Wallace Community College said, “Volunteers, such as our students in conjunction with Impact Alabama, instructors handle the taxes for the citizens and therefore save all the money that would have been paid out for tax prep fees.”
Smith adds that this is the second year students have helped low income families file their taxes for free.
However, you have to qualify first; families with one or more children who earn less than $49,000 dollars and singles who earn less than $20,000 dollars each year.
It's not just residents who are benefiting from this.
“It’s a project that allows the students to build resumes and do community service and that sort of thing,” Smith explains.
While it may not help now, hearing about these free tax preps has sparked an interest for Motes. “It's definitely something to look into next year and save a couple hundred dollars.”
The free filing at Wallace has ended.
The deadline to file your 2009 tax return is on April 15th.