BALDWIN — With tax day in the past, many people are freed from thinking of their tax returns for another year, and a number of households have FiveCAP, Inc. to thank for that.

FiveCAP’s Community Support Workers again provided free tax preparation services, helping 1,310 low-income residents from 892 households in its service area, which includes Lake, Mason, Manistee and Newaygo counties.

“It was a really successful tax season,” said FiveCAP Community Support Director Holly Haywood. “The service is incredibly helpful to our clients and it’s great to look back and see how much money we helped return to our community.”

Haywood reported that a total of $847,305 was returned to residents who had their taxes prepared by FiveCAP.

“That’s a huge amount,” she added. “And that’s money that is infused right back into our local economy. Our clients are relieved to have this money, which most use to catch up on their bills, help pay some of the high cost of heating their homes through the winter and purchase essential items for their households.”

While the deadline for people who owe money to the government has passed, Haywood wants to remind residents they still have time to claim tax credits if they haven’t filed a tax return yet.

“The deadline for the home heating credit isn’t until Sept. 30, so we encourage anyone who hasn’t yet to still make an appointment to have your taxes prepared,” she said. “We will continue to provide the service throughout the year. There are other credits, also, that we can help people claim, even though tax day has already passed.”

To schedule an appointment for free tax preparation services, contact FiveCAP at (231) 745-4617 or visit the Lake County office, located at 2476 West 44th St. in Baldwin.