Feb 3, 2014
by Noel Lucero
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program offers FREE tax help to middle and low-income individuals and married couples. The program helps ensure financial stability by maximizing use of existing tax code benefits and incentives, such as the EITC, which one in four eligible families fail to claim each year. In addition to helping support families who may be struggling, the program helps bring more dollars into the local economy.
Currently more than 250 local United Ways provide opportunities for volunteers to be trained and certified to prepare basic tax returns in their community. Last year volunteers with the VITA program prepared more than 1,360 returns for McLean County residents.For more information on tax preparation site locations, dates and times, see the schedule HERE.
My Free Taxes is a free online tax preparation tool designed to help eligible low to moderate-income wage earners claim EITC. This website offers an easy-to-use, convenient way for people to file their taxes. More information can be found HERE.
So many families could become more financially stable if they knew that United Way (and yes, even the IRS!) can help them receive the benefits they are due. So, help us spread the word about these great resources and our community can make the most of their tax returns!