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South County Community Action Offers Free Tax Preparation for Qualified Applicants
WAKEFIELD – South County Community Action Agency is looking for taxpayers to apply for free tax preparation through the agency’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance [VITA] program which began Jan. 15.
“Last year,our VITA volunteers prepared more than 500 state tax returns for clients, providing help to local families through refunds totaling nearly $750,000, an average of $1,500 per family,” Tri-Town CEO Joseph DeSantis explained. “And because our program is free, clients also saved an estimated $100,000 for the costs of private tax preparation.”
South County Community Action VITA volunteers are certified by the Internal Revenue Service [IRS] to provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to income-qualified individuals, who generally make less than $54,000 in annual income. As a result, many applicants are eligible for the federal Earned Income Tax Credit [EITC], potentially increasing their tax refund, DeSantis said.
For more information about signing up for South County Community Action’s VITA program, contact Jayme Simone at (401) 789-3016, ext. 2316.