United Way VITA Program is spotting a trend among tax returns this year.

President Trump's tax law went in effect this year. Some families and individuals are reaping its benefits, while others are not. But it's not entirely due to the new law.

Posted: Feb. 22, 2019 6:44 PM

GREATER LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — You may have noticed a difference in your tax return this season. United Way's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program leaders said their clients have.

VITA Program has been a staple in the community since 2010. The program was designed to help qualifying individuals and families prepare their taxes.

According to Jennifer Million, United Way’s director of finance and operations, this year they've noticed a difference.

“There were some major changes to the tax structure for the 2018 tax year so we were kind of prepared with our season that we might see some different things,” said Million.

President Trump's tax law went in effect this year. Some families and individuals are reaping its benefits.

“We are seeing some people that have dependents that qualify for different credits that are getting more of a refund,” said Million.

Some others are not, but that isn't exactly due to the new tax law.

“We are seeing some people that aren't getting as much back in their refund as they did last year,” said Million. "A lot of that has to do with how their withholdings were set up."

For many, the new tax law required updating or changing information on W4-Forms. But VITA leaders are finding that some people haven't done it.

“Some employers and some taxpayers just didn't have that knowledge so they didn't make any changes to their withholding forms,” said Million. “Those withholding forms stayed the same as the previous tax structure and the tax law changed.”

Lafayette native Jerry Anderson went to his sisters for tax filing assistance until this year. His sister recommended going to VITA in hopes of avoiding filing wrong because of the new tax law. He said the service saved him money.

“I don't have to come up with extended amounts of money and keep coming back and doing some other things,” said Anderson.

VITA offers free tax assistance for working families and individuals making $66,000 or less a year. VITA has saved clients a total of nearly $1,171,850 in tax fees since the program began. 

Millions said it's especially timely to consider using their services because of the new tax law.

You can set up a tax filing appointment here or give them a call at (765) 421-6163. You’re advised to leave a message if no one answers right away.

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