RealSense offers help to Jax residents file taxes

Published On: Jan 30 2013 04:34:40 PM EST   Updated On: Jan 22 2013 05:14:37 PM EST
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

An effort to give Jacksonville residents free help with filing their taxes has launched its 10th year of service to the community.

The RealSense Prosperity Campaign is led by the United Way in partnership with the IRS, AARP and the city of Jacksonville.

Last year they helped more than 16,000 people file taxes.

Mayor Alvin Brown was at Tuesday morning's kickoff event, which also marked the opening of the program's first year-round One Stop Financial Service Center at a Wells Fargo Branch on North Main Street in Springfield.

"The economy's still tough out there and families are struggling," said Jeff Winkler, director of RealSense Prosperity Campaign. "It's important for them to know that RealSense United Way has resources where they can access and file their taxes for free and also access free financial education classes and other services."

RealSense targets lower-to-middle income households and seniors for its free tax help.

It offers help at a variety of libraries, senior centers, and other places throughout seven northeast Florida counties.

For a look at those locations or for more information on the RealSense campaign, go to RealSenseJax.org or call 904-632-0600.