Every year Good Samaritan provides a site for Free Tax Help Clinic through Rural Dynamics. This clinic takes place every tax season, stay tuned for more information about tax season 2018!
The thrift store was a successful location for many, including one such individual “Jennifer”. Late January Jennifer came to the office asking if she would qualify for free tax help. It was apparent she was very nervous and upset about her taxes. As we assessed her income and found she was eligible for free tax help she began to share her personal story. Jennifer was a single mom who had endured many struggles, including a poor work history- She now has a steady job but is living on a low income. The one struggle that weighed heaviest on her understandably was being behind not one year, but three on her taxes.
We let her know the days and times Free Tax Help office were open at Good Sam Thrift Store and invited her back. Almost the whole tax season had passed, and We didn’t see Jennifer- which is not unusual. But just the other day Jennifer came into the office eager to share some news. With great excitement she exclaimed that her past three years of taxes are complete! She related how nervous she was to sit with someone to talk about her taxes and face being so far behind. With tears in her eyes she talked of how kind “the man” was and how he took special care to not make her feel ashamed. “He told me it was fear that I could not get them done- I had become so afraid I just kept putting it off and didn’t know where to go, he made me feel better about myself, and let me know we would work on them together”. She laughed and said….Do you know I again waited until the very last minute I was so afraid!
Thank you Rural Dynamics for working with so many in need of tax help. Sometimes we make change one person at a time, you have helped Jennifer in more way then you will ever imagine.
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