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Volunteers help you file your taxes for free

A volunteer income tax assistance program is being held at the United Way of Greater Lafayette.

Posted: Feb. 1, 2018 12:59 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Filing taxes is not always the easiest task. Volunteers at the United Way of Greater Lafayette are here to help through April 17.

Paying for help to file your taxes can get kind of pricey. To cut down on costs, United Way hosts the VITA Program. One Lafayette woman said she has benefitted from this service over the years.

"This is actually my fourth year doing this and it's awesome," said Sarah Cox.

If you want help filing your taxes for free, you can head to the United Way of Greater Lafayette. This is a the 8th tax season the organization will host the VITA program.

"It's a volunteer income tax assistance program sponsored by the IRS," said United Way Director of Finance and Operations Jennifer Million. She said this program can help you keep more money in your pocket. 

"You're able to save unnecessary fees," Million said. "On average, people pay $250 to get their tax returns."

These are dollars that could be going toward items your family needs.

To be eligible, you have to make $66,000 or less a year. The process can take around an hour, but there is also a drop off service.

"They can bring their information here, we can work on their tax return," Million said, "They can pick it up and we'll explain it to them when they do that."

The VITA program will be available now until April 17.

"I'm very appreciative," Cox said. "I hope that more of the community gets a chance to take this opportunity and get their taxes done for free as well."

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