Free tax help offered in Dallas County

Residents in Dallas County can receive help from Central Arkansas Development Council, which is offering free tax preparation assistance.

Many workers will qualify for the Earned Income Credit (EIC) 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. The Internal Revenue Service estimates, however, that one-fourth of eligible people could miss out on the EIC because they don’t know about it, don’t know that they qualify, or don’t know where to find free tax filing assistance.

In Dallas County, residents may call 870-352-8894 to make an appointment. The site is by appointment only and will be open through April 17 at the Fordyce Civic Center.

Persons utilizing the sites should bring their family’s Social Security Cards, picture ID, W-2/1099s, a copy of last year’s return, bank account information for direct deposit or splitting a refund to several accounts, and any other pertinent information. CADC’s Free Tax Sites will be located in Clark, Columbia, Dallas, Hot Spring, Lonoke, Montgomery, Ouachita, Pike, Pulaski, Saline and Union counties. For a complete site listing, go to

Details: Call CADC at 501-778-1133.