5 Things You Need To Know Today: Feb. 29
We hear the local Dairy Queen has reopened for the season just in time for a snowstorm, and there is local help available for lower-income families doing their taxes.
1. Happy Leap Day! What do you do with a day that comes once but every four years? Tell us in the comments. (I'll be Patching as usual)
2. A reader was kind enough to Tweet me yesterday that the Marlborough Dairy Queen is now open. This is a sure sign of spring despite the impending bad weather. (See next item)
3. Marlborough and much of New England is expecting between four and eight inches of snow beginning this afternoon. Read the story and check back with Patch throughout the day to stay up to date on the latest total estimates.
4. Local residents can receive help at tax time by IRS-certified volunteers at three locations in Marlborough, said a recent release from the mayor's office. In addition to two locations run by AARP that serve seniors, there is now a location St. Mary’s Credit Union on West Main Street which serves taxpayers less than 60 years of age. It will be important for many workers to file this year so they can collect the Earned Income Credit, for which they may qualify for the first time because their income declined or they became unemployed. Tax refunds through the EIC and Child Tax Credit can help low—and moderate—income families cover day-to-day expenses such as utilities, rent, and child care. Families with three or more children also get an extra boost with a larger EIC this year. Appointments are necessary for the free tax preparation. Seniors can schedule with AARP preparers for Saturday morning appointments at the Marlborough Library by calling 508-624-6900, and Thursday morning appointments may be made for the Marlborough Senior Center at 508-624-6900. Those under 60 years old may make Saturday morning appointments at St. Mary’s Credit Union on West Main St. by calling the City’s Human Services office at 508-460-3758.
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