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.
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. Learn if you quality for VITA, what to bring with you to the tax site and the eligibility requirements for EITC. Find local United Way VITA sites in New Jersey and tax sites in Philadelphia, Montgomery and Delaware Counties. United Way can also help individuals making under $62,000 file their taxes for free online through www.myfreetaxes.com/phillysjunited.
Last year, VITA volunteers filed nearly 29,000 tax returns across the region, which returned more $41 million to local communities. Help us file even more tax returns this year by volunteering with us and our Impact Partner, the Campaign for Working Families.
Please be aware: local residents are being scammed by callers pretending to be from the US Treasury or IRS. Scammers demand immediate payment, social security or other identifying information, often with threatening or aggressive techniques like penalties for non-compliance. Here are some tips to help you spot a potential IRS scam and what you should do.
Become a VITA Volunteer!
Interested in tax preparation and giving back to your community? The Campaign for Working Families and United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey encourage you to become part of the most successful federal anti-poverty program in the US! Become a VITA volunteer tax preparer and help bring in millions of dollars in tax refunds to thousands of low-to-moderate income taxpayers. No experience necessary, just come to one of our January trainings in Center City or at Temple University to get certified. Sign up today!