United Way NELA to provide Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

United Way of Northeast Louisiana has launched its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, which offers free tax preparation and e-filing services to individuals and families who meet the household income thresholds set by the IRS.

VITA tax preparers are certified by the IRS and assist in saving taxpayers money by waiving fees associated with tax preparation. This year, United Way NELA has been granted seven AmeriCorps volunteers to aid in providing VITA services. Michelle Saucer, Director of Community Initiatives, says that VITA services are an important part of United Way’s financial stability work. “We know that hardworking, taxpaying individuals and families often struggle to make ends meet,” said Saucer. “Our VITA services help these families access professional tax filing services at no cost while also maximizing their refund.”

VITA Eligibility as set by the IRS:

• People who generally make $60,000 or less

• Persons with disabilities

• Limited English-speaking taxpayer’s Pick Up/Drop Off locations will be in Monroe and Ruston BY APPOINTMENT ONLY between February 6-February 17. Eligible taxpayers may visit unitedwaynela. org/vita to schedule an appointment. Information and instructions will be provided upon successful registration.

Don’t qualify for the VITA program? Check out myfreetaxes.com, a free service available to taxpayers earning less than $73,000/year.

United Way of Northeast Louisiana works with volunteers, donors, and other organizations locally to create lasting community change in the areas of education, economic stability, and health. For more information about United Way of Northeast Louisiana, visit unitedwaynela.org, dial 211 on any landline or mobile phone, a free call 24/7, or text your zip code to 898-211.

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