Casa Grande, Arizona, March 24, 2016 – Tax filing deadline is looming around the corner with only about three weeks left until April 15th. Are your taxes done? If not, the United Way of Pinal County may be able to help you. They are bringing their seasoned tax professionals to Apache Junction for a limited time to help.
The United Way Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), sponsored in part by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), provides free income tax preparation assistance to individuals and families with a household income of approximately $54,000 a year or less. In addition to providing free tax preparation, VITA works to ensure everyone in the community receives all of the tax credits and deductions for which they are eligible.
Many in our community don’t have access to affordable tax preparation services or are unaware of programs like Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) that could put thousands of dollars back in their hands and into our local economy. VITA helps taxpayers obtain eligible tax credits and deductions, especially EITC, Child Tax Credit, Education Tax Credits and Child Care tax deductions. Anyone who files a basic tax return can have taxes prepared at this site.
Last year the program served 2355 families/individuals countywide and saved $577,000 in tax preparation fees for working families. In addition, these 2355 returns brought $3.2 mil in tax return dollars back to the Pinal County economy. Thus far this year the program has seen a 200% increase in participation.
The VITA Program will be set up on March 29th and 30th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m at the Mammoth Community Center located at 101 5th Street in Mammoth. For more information contact Jonathan Molina at 520-836-0736.
About United Way of Pinal County
The United Way of Pinal County is a nonprofit organization that brings people and communities together to advance the common good through services that improve lives. The organization partners with local nonprofits, businesses, and government and social service agencies, to address the communities’ most pressing needs. The mission statement is “United Way of Pinal County matches generosity with community needs to promote lasting change in people’s lives”