Friday, February 4, 2011

Far better for your wallet than a "get rich quick scheme" - The Volunteer Income Tax Program

The Mohawk Valley Asset Building Coalition, a partnership of agencies in Herkimer and Oneida Counties, seeks to increase the availability of free tax preparation assistance through Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites.

The VITA Program offers free tax help to low- to moderate-income (generally, $49,000 and below) people who cannot prepare their own tax returns. Trained community volunteers may help with special credits, such as Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, and Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled. In addition to free tax return preparation assistance, VITA sites also offer free electronic filing (e-filing). Individuals taking advantage of the e-file program will receive their refunds in half the time compared to returns filed on paper – even faster when tax refunds are deposited directly into one's bank account.

Certified volunteers sponsored by Mohawk Valley Asset Building Coalition partner agencies receive training to help prepare basic tax returns across the Mohawk Valley.

For more information about VITA locations, or the Mohawk Valley Asset Building Coalition, please contact Danell Libby, Project Coordinator at (315) 797-4642.

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  1. RCIL collaborated with The Mohawk Valley Asset Building Coalition and is supported by state and local United Way, Bank of America, Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, Cornell Cooperative Extnsion and the IRS. Links have been provided for more information about these programs.