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Council on Aging's VITA Program Offers Free Tax Return Help for Qualified Residents

Appointments Begin Febuary 3rd

Post Date:01/29/2018 8:44 AM
The Chatham County Council on Aging encourages eligible residents to avoid unnecessary fees this tax season by relying on VITA, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance tax preparation service. All VITA services include FREE electronic filing for both federal and state tax returns.

The IRS-sponsored Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program will begin its service on February 3, 2017. VITA is available at no charge to clients with low to moderate income, regardless of age or county residency, as long as eligibility guidelines are met.

Appointments can be made by calling the number listed below. Callers need to leave their name and phone number. Appointment schedulers will help determine eligibility and provide information such as documents to bring.

Allow two hours for each appointment. Additional information is available local libraries and at the Eastern Chatham Senior Center.

IRS-certified volunteers are trained to prepare computerized federal and state tax returns for eligible clients. Returns are filed electronically at no charge. Each return is reviewed for accuracy and to determine that the return is complete with all applicable deductions and credits, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).

Clients with lengthy returns may have to go to a paid preparer. Non-English-speaking clients may need to bring an interpreter with them to their appointment at the Chatham County Senior Centers.


Chatham County Appointment Dates & Times (no walk ins)

Eastern Chatham Senior Center: 365 Highway 87 N, Pittsboro
          Tuesdays - Feb 6 - April 10, hourly slots from 1 PM to 4 PM
          Saturdays - Feb 3 - April 14 (except 2/17, 3/3 and 3/24), hourly slots 10 AM to 3 PM

Western Chatham Senior Center: 112 Village Lake Rd, Siler City
          Wednesdays  Feb 8 - April 11 hourly slots from noon to 3 PM 
          Saturdays - Feb 17, March 3 and March 24, limited slots from 10 AM to 3 PM  

This service is supported by the Chatham County Council on Aging, Orange County Connect 55+ and the IRS.

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