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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 also 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.
Have Your Taxes Prepared Through VITA
VITA sites are open late January - April 15. During the tax season, schedule your appointment by calling 2-1-1. In addition to scheduling your appointment, 211 call specialists can inform you of the documentation you will need to bring to your tax appointment, saving both time and frustration.
Prepare Your Own Taxes Online for Free
If you have a household income of $64,000 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.
Be a VITA Volunteer
Great volunteers are the key to our success. Last year, more than 40 community volunteers helped more than 1,700 individuals receive free tax preparation services, returning an average of $910 in refunds per VITA participant.
No experience is necessary to volunteer. All volunteers will receive training and become IRS Certified Tax Preparers for free. Training begins in November and can be done online through January. Volunteers donate at least 3-5 hours per week for the duration of tax season at sites located in Liberty, Central, Easley and Pickens. This is a great opportunity for anyone who is interested in helping their neighbor in a significant way. The IRS certification counts towards continuing education for accountants and financial managers, and would be excellent experience for students seeking experience in working with the public or in the business and financial sector.