– Tax Clinics Opening Statewide Beginning Feb. 1 –

Honolulu, Hawaii

Goodwill Hawaii has received a grant from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) in support of its Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day event on Friday, Jan. 27 from 10 am to 3 pm at the Goodwill Beretania Store at 1075 S. Beretania St. The event will provide opportunities for low-income individuals and families to enhance their knowledge of available tax credits and access free financial education from qualified experts. Attendees may also sign up to receive free tax filing assistance at one of Goodwill’s tax filing clinics opening at the beginning of February.

“Goodwill Hawaii is honored to be the recipient of this grant, which will support our continued efforts to help low-income families become self-sufficient,” said Katy Chen, chief administrative officer of Goodwill Hawaii. “The Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day event is a great way to help the community to prepare for and understand all of the benefits that they can claim by filing taxes.”

For the 13th year in a row, Goodwill Hawaii is partnering with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Aloha United Way to provide FREE tax preparation assistance to eligible tax filers – individuals or families who earned $54,000 or less in 2016 and DO NOT own a home or business.

Starting Feb. 1 and ending on April 1, Goodwill Hawaii will open seven tax clinics statewide ­– including three on Oahu in Honolulu, Kapolei and Windward Oahu, two on the Big Island in Hilo and Kona, one in Kahului, Maui and one in Lihue, Kauai. A list of locations and their hours of operations can be found below.

Last season, Goodwill Hawaii assisted more than 1,700 households to file their Federal and Hawaii State tax returns who received over $3 million in tax refunds and credits. On average, each household serviced by Goodwill received a tax refund of $2,000.

Interested parties are encouraged to schedule an appointment to meet with a tax preparer by visiting www.higoodwill.org or calling 836-0313. Walk-ins will also be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Only one individual or household will be served per appointment.

Following is a list of the Goodwill Hawaii operated free tax clinic locations and their hours of operation:

OAHU LOCATIONS

HONOLULU CLINIC
Goodwill Beretania Office
1072 Young Street Room 102, Honolulu, HI 96814
Hours of operation:
Tuesday and Thursday, 4:00-7:00 pm
Saturday, 10:00 am-2:00 pm

KAPOLEI CLINIC
Goodwill Kapolei – Ohana Career & Learning Center
2140 Lauwiliwili Street, Kapolei, HI 96707
Hours of operation:
Tuesday, 4:00-7:00 pm
Saturday, 10:00 am-2:00 pm

WINDWARD OAHU CLINIC
Windward Community College
45-720 Keaahala Road, Alakai Building Room 129, Kaneohe, HI 96744
Hours of operation:
Saturday, 10:00 am-2:00 pm

BIG ISLAND LOCATIONS

KONA CLINIC
Goodwill Kona Office
74-5599 Luhia Street Suite F-4, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
Hours of operation:
First and Third Wednesday* of every month, 4:00-7:00 pm
*Clinic will be open until April 5

HILO CLINIC
Goodwill Hilo Office
200 Kanoelehua Avenue Suite 102, Hilo, HI 96702
Hours of operation:
Tuesday and Thursday, 4:00-7:00 pm

MAUI LOCATION

MAUI CLINIC
Goodwill Maui Office
250 Alamaha Street Suite N-16A, Kahului, HI 96732
Hours of operation:
Thursday, 4:00-7:00 pm
Second Saturday* of every month, 10:00 am-2:00 pm
*Clinic will be open until April 8

KAUAI LOCATION

KAUAI CLINIC
Goodwill Kauai Office
4334 Rice Street Suite 205, Lihue, HI 96766
Hours of operation:
First and Third Thursday of every month, 4:00-7:00 pm
First Saturday of every month, 10:00 am-2:00 pm

About Goodwill Hawaii

Goodwill Hawaii’s mission is to help people with employment barriers to reach their full potential and become self-sufficient. Supported by its retail operations and financial endeavors, its educational, employment and training programs have provided skills training, employment counseling, job placement and support services since 1959. To learn more about Goodwill Hawaii, visit www.higoodwill.org.

Reach us at 836-WORK (9675), info@higoodwill.org, or follow Goodwill Hawaii on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

About OHA

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) is a unique, independent state agency established through the Hawai’i State Constitution and statutes to advocate for the betterment of conditions of all Native Hawaiians, with a Board of Trustees elected by the voters of Hawai’i. OHA is guided by a vision and mission to ensure the perpetuation of the culture, to protect the entitlements of Native Hawaiians, and to build a strong and healthy Hawaiian people and nation. For more information, visit www.oha.org.

Media Contact:

Kelley Cho,
Director of PR & Communications
792-8556 office/620-0555 mobile
mcd@higoodwill.org