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Thousands of individuals and families get the most from their tax returns by using United Way of Southwest Louisiana’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) initiative each year.
United Way has partnered with H&R Block to offer their premium online tax prep service, for free, to households of any income level who are filing simple returns (no schedule C, D, or E). Click here to get started.
Did you earn less than $57,000 last year? Our VITA program offers free tax help to individuals, families, persons with disabilities, the elderly and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals.
People in great need often file early - and at great expense - through commercial tax preparation services that charge large fees. We want to spread the word that FREE tax help is available. By filing returns at local VITA sites people receive 100% of their refund. IRS-trained volunteers can help you find special tax credits. DIAL 211 TO MAKE YOUR APPOINTMENT.
IRS-certified volunteers who provide tax counseling are often retired individuals associated with non-profit organizations that receive grants from the IRS. Taxpayers who come to free tax preparation sites can find out about programs that will help them leverage their refunds toward the financial success of their families. These asset-building programs provide financial education, homebuyer's education, down payment assistance and low-interest car loans.
If you qualify for free tax help, you may also qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit.
EITC provides a boost to workers, their families and the communities where they live. It helps with food, gas, clothing, saving for a rainy day and more.
To qualify, workers must have taxable income from working for someone or from running a business or farm. Four out of five eligible workers already benefit from the EITC. Yet some people who qualify don't know it exists, or how to claim it.
United Way of Southwest Louisiana is recruiting volunteers to help hard-working individuals and families in our community with their income tax preparation. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program provides free tax help to qualifying residents of Southwest Louisiana.
The training sessions will include information on Link and Learn and training on TaxSlayer, the program used by the volunteer tax preparers to file clients' tax returns for free. No experience is necessary. Training will be given by an IRS-certified instructor and all materials are provided.
For over 81 years, United Way of Southwest Louisiana has been committed to building strong, successful families and strengthening our community.