FORT MYERS, Fla. — As 2020 brought unemployment, stimulus checks and new careers for many, there are plenty of questions when it comes to filing taxes this year. Goodwill says they're up for the challenge, offering trained IRS-certified volunteers who can help taxpayers file their returns for free through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA).
The program is open to those making $66,000 per year or less, persons with disabilities, the elderly, and limited English-speaking taxpayers who need assistance preparing tax returns.
“With our COVID-19 safety protocols in place, we are ready to safely help ease the stress that filing a tax return can bring to so many,” said Giancarlos Castano, Goodwill VITA provider. “Along with easing stress, our free tax preparation service helps households save more of their hard-earned income at a time when each dollar saved matters.”
Goodwill’s free tax sites will be hosted at the following locations:
United Way House & Goodwill Job-Link
26820 Old 41 Rd.
91 S. Lee Street
2825 Lee Blvd.
Fort Myers (Tice)
Palm Beach Goodwill CRC
4162 Palm Beach Blvd.
957 W. Sugarland Hwy.
Goodwill is also offering federal tax filing online through the My Free Taxes Program. For those who would like to complete their own taxes online, free of charge, please visit https://www.myfreetaxes.com.
Goodwill offers this service in conjunction with the IRS and the United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee Counties, and says last year the program processed more than 1,600 tax filings, returning $2.1 million dollars back into the Southwest Florida community.
For more information, please visit www.goodwillswfl.org.