United Way of the Lowcountry continues its partnership with Together For Beaufort to offer free tax preparation through the Lowcountry Area VITA Coalition. This is targeted outreach to working families to work with volunteers trained to help them apply for Earned Income Tax Credits.
The VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program intends to prepare over 2,500 tax returns in 2015 for local working individuals and families in the Lowcountry. The VITA program returns nearly $4.2 million dollars back into the pockets of our residents and saves over $400,000 in tax preparation fees.
Lowcountry Area VITA Coalition volunteers, trained by the IRS, assists working families in completing their tax forms. The IRS estimated a total economic impact on our community in excess of four million dollars.
Taxpayers who receive tax preparation services through our VITA program also receive information and referral to: Beaufort County Department of Social Services Family Independence and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs, Palmetto Breeze Transportation, Beaufort County Department of Emergency & Disaster Preparedness, Citizens Opposed to Domestic Abuse, Lowcountry Habitat for Humanity, First Citizens Bank, and other organizations.
To to prepare your income taxes independently of regular Lowcountry VITA Coalition sites for free during the tax filing season, go to: