VAPARAISO – The United Way of Porter County Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program is now accepting appointments for the 2017 tax season.
This free tax preparation service is open to individuals whose adjusted gross income is $54,000 or less and is staffed by IRS-certified volunteers that file both federal and state tax returns.
“For many in our community, finding affordable tax preparation assistance can be a daunting task when money is tight,” said Kim Olesker, president & CEO of United Way of Porter County. “This program provides such a vital safety net for low-wage earners struggling to make ends meet.”
The program is made possible with support from the IRS and JPMorgan Chase Foundation. Appointments begin Monday, January 30 and run through Thursday, April 13. Daytime appointments are available Monday through Thursday and on some Saturdays. For additional program guidelines and to make an appointment, visit UnitedWayPC.org/VITA.
United Way of Porter County is part of the Asset Building Coalition, a community-based partnership of fifteen non-profit, financial and private partners whose mission is to link financial awareness and education with tax preparation and asset building for low-wage earning taxpayers. During the 2016 tax season, the Asset Building Coalition and its 101 volunteers prepared more than 2,700 federal tax returns.
United Way of Porter County works to lead community collaboration, unite residents and inspire action to improve lives in Porter County. In 2016, United Way of Porter County provided more than $2.2 million in community support to improve lives of area residents. Annually, they connect more than 8,000 individuals to community projects through programs such as United Way Day of Caring, Power of Youth, Young Leaders United, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, AmeriCorps, RSVP, Reading Buddies and the United Way Regional Volunteer Center. To learn more, visit UnitedWayPC.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.