United Way offers last chance to file taxes for FREE on April 15 | News
For many Tucsonans this is their last chance to get their taxes done for free. The United Way’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) is one of Arizona’s largest tax preparers. They help those who make $51,000 or less file their taxes, as well as help people secure all refunds and credits they are eligible for, including the Earned Income Tax Credit.
There are no hidden fees with the VITA program. There are also no appointments necessary to have taxes done with this service, but those interested in getting their taxes done should bring with them the following:
- a picture ID;
- original social security card or official TIN (tax identification number) notification letter for everyone in the household;
- W2s or other income statements, including 1099 forms;
- the name, address and tax ID number for their child care provider;
- records of student loan interest paid;
- records of payments for educational expenses such as college tuition;
- mortgage interest and property tax statements;
- a bank account number and routing number to receive their refund via direct deposit;
- last year’s tax return, if available;
- and, if filing jointly, both spouses must be present to file electronically
Free preparation of federal and state tax returns will be offered on April 15, from 10 a.m. to midnight at United Way’s office located at 330 N. Commerce Park Loop, Suite 200, in Tucson.
To see dates and times of other sites that are open until April 15, or for more information on the program, visit www.unitedwaytucson.org/vita
In a recent news release, Tony Penn, the president and CEO of United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona had this to say about the program, “United Way is committed to helping local residents gain financial stability. This Free Tax Preparation program is another opportunity for residents to access additional dollars that can help move them toward financial independence.”
The VITA Program in Arizona is a collaboration of more than 30 partner agencies, businesses, and organizations, including Catholic Community Services, United Way of Pinal County, United Way of Yuma County, and Nothern Arizona United Way.
VITA’s free tax preparation services are made possible due to support from the IRS, Pima County, the City of Tucson, Bank of America, Intuit Freedom Foundation, National Disability Institute, The Walmart Foundation and Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold.