2-1-1 is now scheduling tax appointments for 2014!
Don’t pay for filing income tax, loans, or rapid refunds. VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistane) e-filing gets your cash to you in 8-10 days! Don’t forget to ask if you qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Many families do not take advantage of or are unaware of the EITC, which could increase their tax refund by up to $6,044.
Simply dial 2-1-1 or text your zip code to us at 898-211 to make an appointment.
If you want to file your taxes on your own, you could save $200 right now by filing your income taxes online for free. Visit www.myfreetaxes.com/marioncountyfl. We would like to share a story from one of our clients.
It was the end of February, when Mary Margaret* came into the Belleview site. She was 39, and a widow with two children in their teens. Her income came from two sources: her job and a small pension she inherited from her husband. She couldn’t afford a paid preparer (the one last year had charged her over $200 for her 2010 return). Mary Margaret’s employer had put one of our ‘free tax preparation’ coupons in with her paycheck, so she came to us. Her refund came to just a little over $3,000 (in large part from the EITC). When I told her the amount of the refund, she started to cry a little. She said that on her income, she was able to make ends meet, but she wasn’t able to save anything – which meant there was nothing for extras. Mary Margaret told me her dad was in the last stages of cancer and not expected to last the summer. He lived in the Midwest, and she hadn’t seen him in three or four years. Mary Margaret had just about resigned herself to the fact that she would not be able to afford the trip to see him before he passed. Now, thanks to her refund, she was going to have enough, and she would get to see him one last time. Not only that, but she would be able to take her kids with her. If not for the EITC, Mary Margaret’s return would not have been large enough to make this possible.
Did you know that you don’t have to have any experience with tax preparation to volunteer as a tax preparer with the United Way? We provide you with all the training you need! So if you want to volunteer and learn a new skill set, check us out!
*Name changed for confidentiality.