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United Way of Pickens County provides free income tax preparation assistance for qualified individuals and families through two programs: Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and MyFreeTaxes.com.
Sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), VITA provides free, in-person tax preparation assistance for individuals and families with household incomes of $60,000 or less, persons with disabilities, the elderly, and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. VITA sites are open annually from late January until April 15 and are staffed by a team of IRS-certified volunteers who provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals.
VITA works to ensure everyone in the community receives all of the tax credits and deductions for which they are eligible. Many individuals are unaware of programs like Earned Income Tax Credit (ETIC) that could put thousands of dollars back into their hands and into our local economy. VITA helps taxpayers obtain valuable tax credits and deductions, especially EITC, Child Tax Credit, Education Tax Credtis and Child Care tax deductions. United Way of Pickens County helped working families claim over $600,000 of Earned Income Tax Credits in 2016.
Prepare Your Own Taxes Online for Free Through MyFreeTaxes
If you have a household income of $66,000 or less, you can use myfreetaxes.com to file your own state and federal taxes online for free. When you file electronically, you let the computer do the math. Your work is saved at every step, so you can always come back and work on it later. MyFreeTaxes software has error checkers and calculators built in so you have a much smaller chance of making an error. Your personal information will not be shared with anyone. Click to get started.
VITA Volunteers Are Superheroes!
VITA Volunteers are Superheroes to those they serve. This year, 58 community volunteers completed the IRS certification training and prepared 1,546 tax returns for individuals and families whose average income was $19,935.