Many local taxpayers can have their taxes prepared and filed for free by utilizing the United Way’s VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program.
The program, now in its 14th year in the Upstate, offers tax-preparation assistance to individuals and families with household incomes of less than $60,000 a year. VITA program volunteers are trained and certified by the IRS in order to help taxpayers maximize their potential tax returns by ensuring that they claim the tax credits and deductions they qualify for.
“Many people in our community don’t have access to affordable tax-preparation services or are unaware of programs like Earned Income Tax Credit that could put thousands of dollars back in their hands and into our local economy,” said regional VITA program manager Craig Shoemaker. “VITA helps taxpayers obtain eligible tax credits and deductions, especially EITC, child tax credit, education tax credits and child care tax deductions. By offering this service for free in our community, we can help more individuals and families maximize their returns and achieve greater financial stability in the new year.”
Offered by the United Way branches in Greenville, Pickens, Anderson and Laurens counties, as well as Oconee and Piedmont, the free tax service is available by appointment through April 15 at more than 50 volunteer-staffed locations across the Upstate.
For more information about the program, visit www.unitedwaygc.org/vita. To schedule an appointment, dial 2-1-1.