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Fee tax filing assistance through United Way Vita available in the Cape

By Staff | Jan 31, 2018

To help local residents keep more of their hard-earned money, United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades, and Okeechobee is providing free tax filing services. The free VITA service (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) is available to qualifying Cape Coral residents by appointment at Water’s Edge Church, 2213 Country Club Boulevard.

To schedule an appointment visit booknow.appointment-plus.com/7z18p1x6/ or call United Way 211 by dialing 2-1-1 or 239.433.3900.

United Way’s Free Tax Preparation program helps low-to moderate-income households meet their basic needs and build financial assets. Residents who earn a household income of $66,000 or less can have their federal tax returns prepared, and e-filed for FREE by United Way’s VITA program. United Way IRS-certified volunteers who are passionate about taxes will prepare the return and determine if the tax payer is eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and/or Childcare Credits.

More than 150 volunteers will be staffing our 15 sites throughout Lee, Hendry, Glades and Charlotte counties this year. Tax preparers have been trained and certified by the IRS. To determine if the taxpayer qualifies for tax breaks designed to assist lower to middle income persons. Returns are filed electronically, making tax refunds available as quickly as from commercial tax preparing companies.

United Way VITA services are available as of Jan. 29 and continue through the tax filing deadline of April 17. A few VITA sites are open year round. Locate the most convenient VITA site, schedule an appointment and allow an IRS-certified volunteer to prepare and e-file your tax return for FREE! Go to the following link to schedule an appointment: booknow.appointment-plus.com/7z18p1x6/ or simply call United Way 211 by dialing 2-1-1 or 239.433.3900.

Last year, 3,900 individuals and families were able to utilize the earned income tax credit and other available credits through FREE tax preparation resulting in $5.7 million coming back to our five-county region and saving an average of $200 per family in tax preparation fees.

If the taxpayer has access to a computer and would like to file their own taxes free of charge, United Way can help with that too! Logon to www.MyFreeTaxes.com. It’s simple, fast, and secure while offering online assistance with the process.