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Newport News The Weed & Seed non-profit organization wants to notify the public of several free tax preparation services. You do not have to be a resident of Newport News to take advantage of these services, however, some are for only low-income residents.

The following is a list of some of the organizations offering free services:

AARP will process returns for low to moderate income individuals February 1 April 18 at the Downing Gross Cultural Arts Center located at 2410 Wickham Avenue, Newport News. 9:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m. Monday Friday. Special attention will be given to those aged 60 or older. AARP has additional processing sites. Questions can be directed to 877-4971; toll free at 1-800-687-2277 or go online to www.aarp.org/money/taxes/aarp_taxaide/

Newport News Redevelopment and Housing Authority's Family Investment Center will process returns January 24 April 15 at 600-C Ridley Circle, Newport News. 8:00 a.m. 2:30 p.m. Monday Friday by appointment only. Call 757-928-3680.

CNU is offering the IRS sponsored Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program from early February April 15. VITA targets low income taxpayers. To learn more, call 757-594-7068.

Jemal Harris, chairperson of Weed & Seed's Financial Empowerment subcommittee warns, 'Please beware of companies advertising quick refunds. These are actually loans based on a person's estimated tax refund. Loans will then be repaid from the person's actual return. These loans often come with extreme fees. By using a free service, a person will receive a full refund in the same amount of time.'

Weed & Seed will be holding a free financial fitness fair on Saturday, February 26, 8:30 a.m. 3:00 p.m. at Huntington Middle School; 3401 Orcutt Ave, Newport News, VA 23607.

For more information on the Financial Fitness Fair call the Weed & Seed Office at 757-247-2410.

Weed & Seed began as a federal grant and has since become a not-for-profit coalition dedicated to reducing violence and mobilizing the community to take responsibility for our neighborhoods.


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