The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance is a program supported by the IRS that puts money back in your pocket by saving the cost of paying for tax preparation. Individuals with an income of approximately $53,000 or less are eligible to have their federal and state income taxes prepared by an IRS-certified volunteer for free. Each volunteer has been trained to be sure that your taxes are prepared so that you receive an accurate return, that you receive all the credits to which you are entitled and that it is prepared in a timely manner. When completed, your returns are submitted electronically for faster refunds. Last year, VITA was responsible for bringing $2.6 million in federal and state tax refunds back to Warren and Washington county residents.
MyFreeTaxes: Want to prepare and file your taxes for free on your own? If your income is under $60,000 there is a free on-line option that you can use and, best of all, if you run into any issues, free assistance from a trained preparer is only a telephone call away. Go to hhtp://MyFreeTaxes.com and use this professional, web-based software to prepare and e-file your state and local taxes at no cost. This is a great option for any taxpayer comfortable with using a computer and the internet or those without a free tax site in their immediate area. And remember, should you have any questions, or need any help while using MyFreeTaxes.com, an IRS certified preparer will be available to assist you.
Want to be a VITA volunteer?
Volunteering is a great way to learn how to do taxes and help others. Check out this video to learn about volunteering as a tax preparer:
There are other volunteer opportunities available, in addition to tax preparer. For more information contact: