Volunteer Income Tax Assistance - Our Impact!
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers FREE tax filing services February through April each year at various sites throughout Charlotte County.
VITA programs provide a fundamental direct service to a clientele in need. A substantial portion of available assistance to lower-income families is accessible only by filing a tax return (assistance such as the Earned Income Tax Credit, the Child Tax Credit, and more). The average cost among large national tax preparers is close to $200, and there is evidence that some EITC filers pay up to $500. For lower-income taxpayers who want assistance preparing and filing their tax returns, the free service available from VITA represents a significant cost savings. Although United Way of Charlotte County's VITA program is open to taxpayers with annual incomes up to $66,000, the adjusted gross income of those obtaining services in 2021 averaged $22,382.
For a sizeable number of VITA filers, the tax credits and refunds claimed represent a large share of annual available household resources.
Do you have tax questions or need help with your tax return? Click here to get connected to VITA!