VITA Free Tax Prep Kicksoff

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1 Feb, 2020

The United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley teams up with key partners to provide free income tax preparation assistance through VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program). Low to moderate income individuals and families as well as seniors can qualify for the services made available by both the IRS’s VITA and Tax Counseling for Seniors (TCE). The program kicks off with the first “Super Saturday” event on Saturday, February 1, 2020 at these partner sites.

The Mahoning County Financial Stability Partnership hosted a Financial Fair as a part of the “Super Saturday” event at YSU on February 1. More than 10 partners from the Financial Stability Partnership provided financial education and support to all individuals in attendance. The goal of this event was to assist each family in making responsible fiscal decisions with not only their tax return money but for their financial future.
VITA offers free assistance to taxpayers, including but not limited to persons with disabilities, students, and older taxpayers who file Form 1040EZ, Form 1040A, or a basic Form 1040 Federal tax return. VITA volunteers also alert taxpayers to special credits and deductions for which they may be eligible. Taxpayers who visit a VITA site should bring wage and earnings statements (Form W-2) from all employers, interest statements from banks (Forms 1099), a copy of last year’s tax return if available, and other relevant information about income and expenses. Taxpayers with complex returns may need to see an accountant.

Working individuals and families also may be eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). IRS estimates that 20 percent of eligible taxpayers do not claim the credit, which could put as much as $5,372 into the pockets of a family with two children. Some individuals and families may qualify for the credit for the first time because of unemployment or other changes in their financial, marital or parental status during the past year. The EITC is a valuable but complex tax break. VITA volunteers can help determine if taxpayers qualify for the EITC.
Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) is another IRS-sponsored, free income tax service available to our community. Both VITA and TCE volunteers complete a rigorous IRS training course in basic income tax return preparation before they can assist taxpayers. Last year, over 2,000 individuals and families in Mahoning County took advantage of the free tax sites resulting in nearly $2 million dollars in refunds and fee savings – money that stayed in the hands of those who need it most. For the past nine years, United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley has offered support to the VITA program that has allowed for additional volunteers and sites throughout Mahoning County. Site locations include Compass Family and Community Services, MYCAP, OCCHA, Oakhill Collaborative, Zion Lutheran Church, Boardman Library, Tri-Lakes Library, Sebring Library, Williamson College of Business and Taft Elementary School.

VITA 2020 SITES:
Boardman Library
7680 Glenwood, Boardman, Ohio 44512
(Tues. & Wed. 9am-12:30pm) Feb 11 – April 8
*Drop & Go Taxes Available Tuesdays

Campbell Elementary School
2002 Community Circle, Campbell, Ohio 44405
(Tues. & Thurs. 5:00pm -8:00pm) Feb 4 – April 9
Closed February 13

Compass Family Community Service
535 Marmion, Youngstown, Ohio 44502
(Fri. 9am-12pm) Feb 7 – April 3

MYCAP
1325 Fifth Ave. Youngstown, Ohio 44504
(Wed. 4pm-6pm) Feb 12 – April 1

Oak Hill Collaborative
507 Oak Hill, Youngstown, Ohio 44502
(Thurs. 5:30pm-7:30pm) Feb 13 – April 9

OCCHA
3660 Shirley Rd. Youngstown, Ohio 44502
(Sat. 12pm-4pm) Feb. 15 & March 14 only

Sebring Library
195 W. Ohio Ave. Sebring, Ohio 44672
(Sat. 9:30am-3:30pm) Feb 1 – April 11

Taft Pre-K-8 School
730 E. Avondale, Youngstown, Ohio 44503
(Mon. 4pm-5:30pm) Feb 17, Mar 2, 16 & 30

Tri-Lakes Library
13820 Mahoning Ave. North Jackson, Ohio 44451
(Mon. 12:30-3:30pm) Feb 3 – April 6
(Wed. 1:30 – 4:30pm) Feb 12 – April 8

Youngstown Community School –
For School Families Only
50 Essex St. Youngstown, Ohio 44502
(Mon. 4pm-5:30pm) Feb 10 & 24, Mar 9 & 23, Apr 6

YSU Williamson College of Business
21 N. Hazel St. Youngstown, Ohio 44555
(Sat. 10am-1:30pm) Feb 1 – April 4
No Walk-ins Mar 14, Closed Mar 21

Zion Lutheran Church
3300 Canfield Rd. Youngstown, Ohio 44511
(Thurs. 5:30pm-7:30pm) Feb 13 – April 9

Contact 330-540-1947 or vita@ccregional.org to schedule an appointment.