United Way Program offers free tax program

Lee, Hendry, Glades, and Charlotte residents
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Posted at 11:02 AM, Jan 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-25 11:08:14-05

LEE COUNTY, Fla. — The VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program provides free federal tax filing services at 18 sites in Lee, Hendry, Glades, and Charlotte Counties to individuals and families making less than $66,000 per year.

IRS certified United Way VITA volunteers would prepare the returns and determine if the taxpayers are eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Childcare Credits while helping low-to-moderate-income households meet their basic needs and build financial assets.

Sites will offer either traditional face to face or drop off/ pick up appointments. Participants are required to wear face coverings during the visit, and social distancing protocols have been implemented to ensure both the volunteers and clients' safety.

To locate the most convenient VITA site and schedule an appointment with an IRS-certified volunteer to prepare your free tax return, Click here or call the United Way 211 Helpline by dialing 2-1-1 or 239.433.3900.

Taxpayers who prefer a no contact option can e-file free of charge by clicking here.

It is simple, fast, and secure while offering online assistance with the process.

Also, for those seniors who usually file with AARP Tax-Aide, the following sites will be preparing taxes by appointment only beginning in February. Individuals can make their appointments with AARP by calling the numbers listed by each site below.

· AARP Tax-Aide – Cape Coral at Grace Church, call 941-500-3272

· Fort Myers Tax-Aide is offering two sites –St. Columbkille Catholic Church and Pine Ridge Road VFW, Call 239-935-7826

· North Fort Myers Tax-Aide - North Fort Myers Recreation Center, appointments can be made in person at the front desk or by calling (239) 533-7200.