According to Benjamin Franklin, nothing is certain but “death and taxes.” And while this may be true, those of us at United Way of Salt Lake will not take it lying down! We are determined to make tax season a little less troubling and a little more enjoyable for all. Among the amazing programs offered by United Way of Salt Lake and its partners is VITA, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. VITA is a program that helps middle and low-income families file their taxes for FREE, and there are VITA sites across Salt Lake County and the state! According to the IRS:
The VITA Program generally offers free tax help to people who make $51,000 or less and need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals in local communities. They can inform taxpayers about special tax credits for which they may qualify such as Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, and Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled. VITA sites are generally located at community and neighborhood centers, libraries, schools, shopping malls, and other convenient locations.
It is important to understand that what makes VITA so widespread and comprehensive in its delivery is that it is staffed with an army of volunteers! At United Way of Salt Lake, we are trying to do our part in building this army, and we need your help. While United Way does not direct the VITA program–our 2-1-1 information and referral staff schedule all the appointments, and we need help!
If you are interested in volunteering with United Way of Salt Lake to ensure more families can access VITA sites to have their taxes done, please contact us by dialing 2-1-1.