A local Certified Public Accountant will present a free 2016 tax preparation workshop on February 1 at the James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St.

Harold Eck, who has 30 years of experience as a CPA and director of finance for local businesses, will present the program. He will show participants how to prepare for the completion of your 2016 1040 individual income tax return, including:

·         Documentation requirements

·         What is new for 2016

·         Affordable Care Act (health insurance) requirements for individuals

·         Retirement account contributions

·         Itemized and standard deductions

·         Deductions and credits for higher education

·         Child and dependent care credits

·         Earned Income Tax Credit

·         and other credits available to individuals.

A question and answer session will follow the presentation. Tax organizers, brochures, and informational documents will be available for free to all attendees.

Eck operates a public accounting practice, Harold Eck, CPA and The Cyber CFO, providing Virtual CFO and Controller, financial reporting, and business and individual income tax services to family owned businesses.

He holds an associate degree from Williamsport Area Community College, a bachelor’s from Grove City College, and a master of business administration degree from Clarion University of Pennsylvania.

He is a graduate of Leadership Lycoming, sits on the Board of Trustees of the Jersey Shore Public Library, is a member of the American and Pennsylvania Institutes of Certified Public Accountants, Beta Gamma Sigma International Business Honor Society, and the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce.

This program is one of the many ways Pennsylvania public libraries support the PA Forward Initiative by providing financial literacy opportunities for learning. With a strong financial literacy background, Pennsylvania residents can contribute to the economic vitality of the community and state.

The program will be presented in the Lowry Room on the third floor of the Welch Children’s Wing. Registration is suggested, but not required. Visit calendar.jvbrown.edu to register or call 570-326-0536.

The James V. Brown Library is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday; noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and 24/7 at www.jvbrown.edu.