New VITA Facility Offering Free Tax Preparation Opens

New VITA Facility Offering Free Tax Preparation Opens

More than 153 million individual tax returns are expected to be filed this year and the IRS expects more than four in five returns will be prepared electronically.
Thankfully, VITA is here to help early-bird taxpayers and procrastinators with their taxes.
The United Way's new VITA tax preparation location on Armory Road opened this morning to quite a bit of fanfare as city officials celebrated the new facility's opening.
A facility that will see a lot of business as tax season is upon us.
"There's a lot that goes into doing income taxes that people should be able to see in those online programs but sometimes those programs get very convoluted and people end up missing stuff," said VITA Coordinator Genevieve Anderson.
VITA is available and free, if you or your family make less than $64,000 a year in household income.
Last year, the local United Way helped over 3 thousand families in Texoma save over $700,000 in tax prearation fees and put around $4.1 million back into the pockets of residents through refunds.
In addition to the location at 3301 Armory Road, the United Way also has offices in Burkburnett, Henrietta, Iowa Park, Seymour, Archer City, Jacksboro, Holliday and Vernon.  
Volunteer Deborah Wiley says it makes her happy to help others. 
"Low-income communities are looking forward to is tax season when they're able to get a lump sum back at one time. And to be able to do things they've put off doing all year long. And it does it warms my heart to tell them they'll be getting a nice return. It's a good feeling." 
Regardless of the location you do have to make an appointment, but that's pretty easy. Just call 1-877-541-7905
Anyone can file their taxes online for free but Anderson says if you qualify for the VITA help, you should take advantage of that. 
Again, it's free and you might be missing out on tax credits you might not know about if you did it yourself.
 

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