MAKE TAX TIME A BUDGET BOOSTER
For thousands of households across our region, accessing the right resources during tax season is critical in obtaining a full tax refund. The simple truth is that when taxes are done right, the result could mean valuable tax credits and refunds that go a long way in a family’s annual budget.
According to the IRS, approximately 20% of residents do not claim one of the biggest boosters to family incomes – the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), a refundable credit that can amount to as much as $6,143 per qualifying family – simply because they are unaware of their eligibility, or do not file their taxes. Find out if you are eligible through the IRS.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
Through our Impact Fund, 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 2014, VITA volunteers filed more than 25,000 tax returns across the region, which returned more $36 million to local communities. This year, in partnership with Campaign for Working Families, United Way is expanding the VITA program to communities throughout our footprint, providing more individuals and families with resources and options to improve their financial stability to reinvest back in our communities.
How Do I Access VITA?
Individuals who are eligible for VITA can walk in at a site, call 2-1-1 to make an appointment or can drop off tax returns. View a listing of regional VITA sites and hours of operation below.
How Do I Volunteer?
Volunteers are needed to serve as tax preparers, greeters, ambassadors and translators for the 2015 tax season. No experience is necessary and training will be provided. College students are encouraged to volunteer, participate in work-study or gain credits (*at participating schools).
To volunteer or learn more, contact Campaign for Working Families.
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.