February 1, 2017
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Huntingdon SaveFirst site open
Montgomery, Ala.—Huntingdon College’s seasonal SaveFirst tax preparation site has opened for business. Appointments are accepted from noon to 8:00 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 12:00–6:00 p.m. Fridays, and 9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. Saturdays.
The program, staffed by trained Huntingdon student, staff, and faculty volunteers, offers free basic tax preparation services for individuals and families. A project of Impact America, the SaveFirst Initiative exists to ensure that low-income families receive the full Earned Income Tax Credit and other credits to which they are entitled and encourages long-term financial planning and asset-building. With more that 62% of EITC recipients in Alabama paying commercial preparers to complete their taxes, Alabama families lose more than $126 million in commercial tax preparation fees annually.
Huntingdon SaveFirst volunteers prepared 1,425 tax returns for working area families; secured $3.2 million in tax refunds; and saved families approximately $570,000 in commercial tax preparation fees during the 2016 tax season. The Huntingdon volunteers, coordinated by Huntingdon accounting professor Brianne Smith, were part of more than 550 students from 20 campuses across the state whose state-wide impact served 9,000 families, garnered $17.8 million in refunds, and saved $3.6 million in commercial tax preparation fees.
To make an appointment, call 1-888-998-2925 or 1-844-448-2925. The SaveFirst office is located in the Cloverdale Administrative Building (former Cloverdale School building) on the College’s Cloverdale Campus at 1125 E. Fairview Avenue. Because of high demand, an appointment is required. The office will be open through mid-March.
Huntingdon College, grounded in the Judeo-Christian tradition of the United Methodist Church, is committed to nurturing growth in faith, wisdom, and service and to graduating individuals prepared to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Founded in 1854, Huntingdon is a coeducational liberal arts college recognized among “The Fastest Growing Colleges in America” by The Chronicle of Higher Education; among the top 10 regional colleges and top 10 best regional values by U.S. News and World Report; among the top tier of regional colleges by the Princeton Review; among “Colleges that Contribute to the Public Good,” by Washington Monthly; and on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The Huntingdon campus, a Tree Campus USA, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Suellen (Su) Ofe
Associate Vice President
for Marketing and Communications
1500 E. Fairview Ave., Montgomery, AL 36106
(334) 833-4515; Cell (334) 324-6591