From CUNA News Now – More than 12,000 free tax preparation sites will be open nationwide this tax season with an army of volunteers to help low- and moderate-income households with their tax preparation, according to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Credit unions will be among them.
Credit unions are offering their expertise through the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program and the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) program. Also, IRS has a Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) Program offering free tax help to taxpayers who are 60 and older, it announced Friday
VITA offers free tax help to people earning $50,000 or less. It provides trained and certified community and credit union volunteers to help taxpayers with special tax credits and completing their terms. Through the VITA program, credit unions help lower-income consumers keep more of their EITC refunds in their own pockets, according to the National Credit Union Foundation’s REAL Solutions VITA site.
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