Tax filing assistance available

  • Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Individuals and families earning a household income of under $51,000 a year are eligible to receive help with preparing and filing their income tax returns.

The Georgetown County United Way’s Volunteer In-come Tax Assistance (VITA) program provides free in-come tax assistance to low-to-moderate income earn-ers. The program features IRS-trained and certified vol-unteers who specialize in ensuring residents receive all eligible tax credits and deductions, particularly the Earned Income Tax Credit. Such credits can put thou-sands of dollars back into the pockets of local families, program officials said.

Qualifying members of the public can find assistance through the VITA program at the following locations:

The Georgetown County United Way office at 515 Front St., Georgetown.

Library branches in Andrews, Carvers Bay and Paw-leys Island.

Taxpayers can schedule an appointment with a VITA volunteer by dialing 211 or visiting: http://uwasc.galaxydigital.com/vita.

Those seeking assistance through the program should plan to bring the following items: Picture ID; Social Secu-rity cards and birth dates for self, spouse and depend-ents; wage and earning statements (Forms W-2, W-2G, 1099-R, 1099-Misc., etc); interest and dividend state-ments; a copy of last year’s federal and state returns if available; proof of bank account information; total paid for daycare provider and the daycare provider’s tax ID number (if applicable). In some cases, both spouses must be present to sign forms.

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