HENDRY COUNTY, FL. -- In order to help local residents keep more of their hard earned money, United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades, and Okeechobee provides free tax filing services. The free VITA service (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) is available at the LaBelle and Clewiston United Way Houses, as well as the Harlem Public Library on March 8th. Individuals and families making less than $60,000 per year qualify for the free service.
United Way’s Free Tax Preparation program helps low- to moderate-income households meet their basic needs and build financial assets. Residents who earn a household income of $60,000 or less can have their federal tax returns prepared, e- filed and direct deposited for FREE by United Way’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. United Way IRS-certified volunteers who are passionate about taxes will prepare the return and determine if the tax payer is eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and/or Childcare Credits. Returns are filed electronically, making tax refunds available as quickly as from commercial tax preparing companies.
Last year, 3,500 individuals and families were able to utilize the earned income tax credit and other available credits through free tax preparation resulting in $4.6 million coming back to our five-county region and saving an average of $200 per family in tax preparation fees.
United Way VITA services will be available through the tax filing deadline of April 18 at United Way Houses. The LaBelle United Way House is open year-round. Make your appointment today at the most convenient VITA site by going to the following website https://booknow.appointment-plus.com/7z18p1x6/or simply call United Way 211 by dialing 2-1-1 or 800-887-9234.
If the tax payer has access to a computer and would like to file their own taxes free of charge. United Way can help with that too! Logon to www.MyFreeTaxes.com. It’s simple, fast, and secure while offering online assistance with the process.