United Way of the Big Bend Helping Hundreds File for Free

Posted at 12:30 PM, Feb 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-04 07:44:11-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) -- It's tax time, and the United Way of the Big Bend is here to help!

The group is once again offering free tax preparations to those in need.

It's thanks to the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) initiative.

According to United Way of the Big Bend, last year's VITA program helped file more than 3,900 tax returns. In ten years, it's had an estimated economic impact of $31 million right here in the Big Bend.

All of the volunteer income tax preparers are IRS-certified. They're helping anyone who earns under $53,000 get their taxes done and filed for free.

Organizers say, "The purpose of this service is to help those with a lower income get their taxes done, and avoid predatory lenders who take high percentages from refund loans."

Volunteers are staffing several locations around Gadsden, Jefferson, Leon, Madison, and Wakulla counties, from now through April 18.

For more information or to get signed up, dial 211 or click here.

The agency also offers a tax help line through Impact Florida. To make appointments, call (844) 4-TAX-FLA.