It’s once again time to file your annual income tax return. However, don’t pay to have your
taxes prepared – go to a VITA site instead! The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) programs provide FREE income tax preparation for individuals and families who make less than $54,000 per year ($72,000 at AARP sites for those 60+). These sites operate between February and mid-April at sites all over North Carolina. Below is a list of sites that may be near you. If you do not live near any of these sites, call 1-800-906-9887 for a site closer to you.
Most sites also offer FREE electronic filing allowing you to get your refund within a few days to a few weeks. Don’t spend hundreds of dollars in fees for filing your tax return or getting an “instant refund” through a refund anticipation loan offered by many private tax preparation sites. Visit a VITA site and take advantage of their free services.
Even if you are not required to file a tax return, you should consider doing so. You may qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit* or the Child Tax Credit, each of which could be worth thousands of dollars this year!
*You do NOT have to have children to qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit.
Mecklenburg flyers courtesy of Community Link