The United Way of the Capital Area kicks off its free income tax service for low-to-middle income families with Super Tax Day at Metrocenter Mall this Saturday, Feb. 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. IRS-certified volunteer tax prep volunteers will be on hand to file taxes for FREE for anyone whose household income was under $50,000 in 2012.
A typical tax payer will save hundreds of dollars in preparation fees and refund anticipation loans by taking advantage of the VITA program. Additionally, VITA volunteers are trained to identify taxpayers who are eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), which could be worth as much as $5,800 for some qualifiers.
In addition to the free tax service, Super Tax Day will feature a variety of exhibitors offering information on banking, workforce development, and other valuable information.
Throughout the entire tax season, free tax prep will be offered in 11 locations throughout the tri-county area. Hours of operation at each site varies. Hours, locations, and other information is available on United Way’s website (www.myunitedway.com) or by dialing 2-1-1 to reach a call specialist.
Last year, United Way’s VITA program filed nearly 2,780 tax returns putting $4.7 million back into the tri-county in refunds and credits. The service is completely free. Refunds and credits can be deposited directly into bank accounts, and volunteer tax preparers are trained and certified by the IRS.
“We hope everyone who qualifies for VITA takes advantage of this service. We can save the average tax payer hundreds of dollars in tax preparation fees,” says Ira Murray, Vice President of Community Impact for United Way. “Clients who use the VITA service keep their entire refund and pay nothing for the service. In some cases, we find that clients qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) which puts even more money into their pockets,” he said.
“Rapid refund and fast tax establishments charge high interest rates for refund anticipation loans, charge high fees for their service, and aren’t necessarily trained to look out for EITC and other tax credit eligibility,” Murray said.
Items clients must have with them in order for their taxes to be prepared are:
- ORIGINAL Social Security cards for the filer and anyone claimed on the return (NO PHOTOCOPIES ACCEPTED);
- Valid photo identification;
- All income documents such as W-2’s, 1099’s, etc.;
- Bank routing number and account number for direct deposit.
If you know anyone who could benefit from this free service, pass this along!