MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. -- New Mount Kisco business arrival Liberty Tax Service is offering free tax preparation to men and women in a variety of service jobs, including military personnel and veterans, teachers, police, firefighters, hospital employees and nonprofit workers.
Starting Monday, Feb. 18, through Sunday, Feb. 24, veterans, active military and their immediate families can get their taxes done for free.
“We want to give something back to honor the brave men and women who valiantly defend us and the American way of life,” said owner Geraldine Cohen, a South Salem resident and native of Ireland.
“We look forward to helping them this year," Cohen said of the deal, which applies to first-time Liberty Tax customers. "Tax advice is always free regarding military service tax issues or any tax concern. Just call and ask.”
Military servicemen and women and their families will not be the only service occupations offered the free service.
"Part of my business plan includes giving away free returns to a number of (in my opinion very worthy) occupations," Cohen said.
These occupations are teachers from Feb. 25 to March 3; police and firefighters from March 4 to 10; hospital employees from March 11 to 17; healthy living employees such as fitness instructors and nutrition counselors from March 18 to 24; and volunteers and nonprofit employees from March 25 to 31.
Cohen said she wants to give back to the community in running her business, which opened in January. Mount Kisco Chamber of Commerce members and Mayor Michael Cindrich convened Tuesday for a ribbon-cutting at the store, which is located in the former home of KA Computers at 115 E. Main St.
The business offers free consultations and is open year round, even after tax season, for eight to 12 hours per week. Liberty Tax Service franchise is the second largest tax preparer in the country, with 200 offices across New York.
The business hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. Cohen said she plans to add longer hours as tax season progresses. For more details, call 914-573-4555.