BCAC offering last minute help in Pittsfield for eligible residents


PITTSFIELD — Procrastinating taxpayers still have a chance to take advantage of the Berkshire Community Action Council's free income tax filing service, but not for much longer.

According to Bryan House, deputy director of BCAC, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program will be available Friday and Saturday. The deadline for filing income taxes for Massachusetts residents is Tuesday, April 19.

The Saturday date was added to help out those who couldn't make it earlier, and will allow folks on a walk-in basis. Friday sessions are by appointment only. For appointments, call 413-418-3685.

BCAC is at 1531 East St. in Pittsfield and will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Clients should bring their W-2 forms, photo ID, proof of health insurance, a copy of last year's tax form, and any other documentation that might be necessary.

House said that on Saturday, they are preparing to be busy, and as such have decided to make it a festive occasion by offering food and costumed characters, like a dollar sign and a light bulb, to reflect some of BCAC's programs.

Community volunteers, including some students from program partner Williams College, will be there to help people fill out their tax forms.

The service is free for those of low or moderate income, or who make less than $54,000 a year, House noted.

House said VITA served 562 people with their taxes last year. The service started for this year in the last week of January.

"Most of our clients can't afford the $200 to pay for this kind of service," House said.


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