MAKE TAX TIME A BUDGET BOOSTER
For individuals and families throughout our region struggling to make ends meet, a few extra dollars back in their pockets can make all the difference. And with tax time approaching, stress is compounded as families struggle to find the information and resources that they need to obtain their full refund.
The simple truth is that when taxes are done right, the result can mean valuable tax credits and refunds that go a long way in a family’s annual budget.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
United Way helps to mobilize our regional volunteer force through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, an IRS-supported tax preparation service through which trained volunteers prepare taxes at no cost for qualifying individuals and families. In 2012, VITA volunteers filed more than 20,000 tax returns across the region, which returned more $28.5 million to local communities.
This year, VITA sites will be open from February 1 through April 15.
How Do I Access VITA?
CLICK HERE for qualification requirements and information on tax preparation sites in your community.
How Do I Volunteer?
Volunteers are still needed to serve as tax preparers, greeters, ambassadors and translators.
To volunteer in New Jersey, contact
- Atlantic and Cape May Counties – Amanda McGowan, 609-404-4483
- Burlington County – Linda Bennett, AARP site coordinator, 609-877-2412
- Camden County – Ib Awoyale, 856-963-2720 ext 130
- Cumberland County – Linda Ranagan, 856-205-1800
- Southeastern Pennsylvania, contact/visit:
Or, File Your Taxes for Free Online
United Way can also help you file your taxes for free, online. For eligibility information, information on the tax credits you qualify for, and an easy-to-follow process, visit www.myfreetaxes.com/phillysjunited