The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) service will be available again this year with sites in Cisco, Brownwood, Coleman, Comanche and Brady. VITA is a free, IRS-sponsored program to help low and middle-income workers and retirees have their federal income taxes prepared and filed electronically by an IRS certified volunteer. VITA also ensures that workers receive all the tax credits to which they are entitled.
This year the Earned Income Tax Credit is available for families earning less than $53,505. Depending on income and family size, you could get up to $6,269! If you don’t have a qualifying child and earned under $20,330, you may qualify for up to $503. Almost a quarter of the people who are eligible to receive this money do not claim it. You must file a tax return to get the credit even if you wouldn’t need to otherwise. If you qualify for any tax credit, the IRS has announced that no refunds will be sent before February 15 at the earliest.
“Our goal is to not only offer free tax assistance, but to teach financial literacy so people will have the resources to manage their money” stated Hanna Adams, Executive Director of Central Texas Opportunities, Inc. While this is the ninth year that CTO has sponsored the VITA program in collaboration with the IRS. This year they have joined with other regional agencies to form the Coalition for Financial Empowerment. The Coalition encompasses 27 counties in west central and west Texas.
The Cisco VITA site will at Myrtle Wilks Community Center, 1498 I-20 Frontage. Beginning February 8, tax preparation appointments will be available on Wednesdays from 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. To make an appointment or for more information or details on the Coleman, Brownwood, Comanche and Brady VITA sites, please call 325-625-4167 or visit www.ctoinc.org or like us on Facebook.
What to Bring to Your VITA Tax Appointment
- A valid driver’s license or other photo ID card
- A copy of last year’s tax return
- All income statements: Forms W-2 and 1099, Social Security, unemployment, and other statements such as pensions, stocks, interest and any documents showing taxes withheld.
- All records of expenses, such as tuition, mortgage interest or real estate taxes.
- Dependent child care information: name and address of who you paid and either caretaker’s SSN or other tax identification number
- Bank routing numbers and account numbers to direct deposit any refund (e.g. voided check)
- Social Security cards and/or ITIN notices/ cards for you, your spouse and dependents
- Birth dates for all persons listed on return
- Both spouses to sign forms to e-file joint return