Utica, NY (WIBX) - The 2011 tax season is well underway. And, the folks at The Dorothy Smith Center for Advocacy at the Resource Center for Independent Living are reminding those who make $50,000 a year or less about the free tax preparation services available.

Those interested in taking advantage of the free tax service, are encouraged to contact the group located on 1607 Genesee Street in Utica. RCIL staff members will be available from now until April 17, 2012. Officials say they can also help those who haven't filed taxes on a regular basis. To make an appointment contact (315) 797-4642.

Hours of operations:

Tuesday - 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday -- Friday - 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Saturday - 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Sunday and  Monday - Closed