January 29, 2014 | by Steve Charing
Free tax services offered
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Aaron Merki, executive director of FreeState Legal, said the arrival of marriage equality helped trigger the new tax project. (Washington Blade file photo by Steve Charing)

Several organizations have partnered to provide free tax preparation services to low-income members of the LGBT community. FreeState Legal Project, Inc., which offers free legal services to the LGBT community; the Baltimore CASH Campaign, an organization that works to “increase the financial security of low-income individuals and families;” Chase Brexton Health Care; and PNC Bank, which is funding the project, are providing this service.

“We viewed the project as particularly important this year, following the achievement of marriage equality because LGBT families may now be subject to different rules and benefits under federal and state tax laws,” Aaron Merki, executive director of FreeState Legal told the Blade.

Free tax services are available every Thursday through April 4 from 3-6 p.m. at the First Floor Community Room, Chase Brexton Building, 1111 N. Charles St., Baltimore.

Those interested in signing up for free help filing 2013 taxes should contact FreeState at 410-625-5428 for an appointment.

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