United Way of Greater Nashville and partner agencies have officially launched the 16th annual Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) free tax prep program.

Through VITA, IRS-certified volunteers offer free tax preparation services to individuals and families who earned $66,000 or less per household in 2019, helping qualifying individuals receive important credits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) or Child Tax Credit (CTC) that lift millions out of poverty each year. Now through April, United Way is partnering to operate 24 VITA sites throughout Middle Tennessee, including one location in Lincoln County at the        Fayetteville-Lincoln County Senior Citizens Center, located at 908 W. Washington Street. Hours are Mondays and Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Tuesdays, 3 to 7 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The site closes April 15.

Taxpayers may also file online at UnitedWayFileFree.com. Last year, United Way’s VITA volunteers completed 14,750 returns, helping taxpayers save more than $3.9 million in tax preparation fees and bringing more than $20 million in federal refunds back to the community.

“The VITA free tax prep program helps thousands of individuals save by keeping their full tax return in their pockets,” said Brian Hassett, president and CEO of United Way of Greater Nashville.

“One of United Way’s core focus areas is helping our neighbors keep more of what they earn so that every individual has a chance at a better life, which is why many people across Middle Tennessee depend on our VITA program during tax season. VITA partnerships ensure that our hard-working neighbors are able to use their income for essentials like rent, putting food on the table, childcare and transportation.”

Residents can find the nearest VITA site in their community and more information about the program by visiting UnitedWayFileFree.com or through United Way’s 211 Helpline by texting their ZIP code to 898211. To learn more about becoming a volunteer, visit volunteerforvita.org.

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