VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance)
The Cooperative Ministry’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax assistance for families with a household income of $60,000 or less. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation, with electronic filing, to qualified individuals throughout the Midlands.
VITA Volunteers Needed:
Each year most South Carolinians pay hundreds of dollars in tax preparation fees. With the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) our volunteers are trained and certified to prepare these same returns for free. In just one hour of your donated time, you could create an extra $200-$300 of disposable income for a low-income worker who needs to pay a monthly utility bill, a past due medical bill, or buy groceries for their children.
VITA Volunteers learn a new skill while helping Midlands’s households save money on their taxes. We specialize in basic tax returns and also need greeters, so anyone can help. No tax experience is required, and our easy to use tax software will do the calculating for you. We offer free training for all skill levels.
In 2018, The Cooperative Ministry prepared more than 8,400 tax returns, saving our clients more than 2 million dollars in tax preparation fees- Yet our lines remained long. It is our goal to decrease the number of people paying tax preparation fees and being scammed by refund anticipation loans and to increase the funds flowing into our local community. We need more volunteers to make this goal a reality. Here is a Description of VITA site roles we are currently recruiting for the 2018 filing season. You can also browse our VITA Frequently Asked Questions. To take the next step, please email VITA@coopmin.org.
For VITA Assistance:
You must bring a Social Security card for each person you intend to include on your tax return. Adults must also have a valid picture ID, and if married both spouses must be present. Please bring all income documents (W-2’s, 1099’s, Social Security, etc) and a 1095-A if you got health insurance through the marketplace.
VITA sites open late Jan – Mid April. See below or call 2-1-1 for a full schedule
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