United Way's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program provides free income tax assistance to thousands of individuals and families with a household income of $60,000 or less. IRS-trained and certified volunteers serve at 40 locations across the Upstate to help participants receive all eligible tax credits and deductions.
Returns are filed electronically, and with direct deposit, refunds are deposited in 7-10 days.
Appointments are now available by calling 2-1-1 (also 1-866-892-9211). In addition to scheduling, 2-1-1 call specialists inform taxpayers of the documentation required for tax preparation, saving both time and frustration.
Prepare and file your taxes for free online using United Way's My Free Taxes.
Powered by H&R Block's Premium Software, this online tool allows taxpayers with a household income of $66,000 or less to self-file for free using a simple step-by-step process that includes free telephone, email and online chat support from IRS-certified specialists.
Our Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program provides free income tax assistance to thousands of individuals and families across the Upstate.
Sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), VITA provides free income tax preparation assistance to individuals and families with a household income of approximately $60,000 a year or less. In addition to providing free tax preparation, VITA works to ensure everyone in the community receives all of the tax credits and deductions for which they are eligible. The program is supported by volunteers.
Many in our community don’t have access to affordable tax preparation services or are unaware of programs like Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) that could put thousands of dollars back in their hands and into our local economy. VITA helps taxpayers obtain valuable and eligible tax credits and deductions, especially EITC, Child Tax Credit, Education Tax Credits and Child Care tax deductions. We also address more complicated aspects of tax law such as the Affordable Care Act and education credits and deductions. Anyone who files a basic tax return (Available services) can have taxes prepared at one of the VITA sites. In addition to access to these credits and deductions, taxpayers also save by avoiding the high cost of paid tax preparation.
In 2018, the VITA coalition (which includes United Ways of Greenville, Pickens, Spartanburg, Anderson, Oconee, and Laurens counties) prepared more than 12,100 tax returns, saving $2.4 million in tax preparation fees and bringing approximately $14.2 million in tax refunds to the Upstate.
With this growing coalition, including faith-based, public and private organizations, our goal is to help more individuals and families achieve greater financial stability with our free tax preparation services.