United Way of the Lowcountry partners with the Beaufort County Human Services Alliance and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to provide free, confidential, and secure preparation and e-filing of tax returns to qualified taxpayers through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.
Staffed by local volunteers, VITA prepares and files income tax returns for individuals and families with incomes under $60,000; non-English speaking taxpayers; individuals with disabilities; and persons 60 years of age and older.
Last year, a group of dedicated VITA volunteers filed 1,797 free tax returns last year in Beaufort and Jasper Counties — generating more than $2.6 million in tax refunds.
The 2023 tax season begins the first week in February, 2023.
View all of VITA’s filing options below to have your 2022 income tax return prepared and e-filed by our IRS-certified volunteers.
Please remember the people helping you are volunteers and are not being paid, so we appreciate your patience.
Rotary Community Center Oscar Frazier Park
7 Recreation Court
Bluffton, SC 29910
Saturday, February 18 | 2pm – 7pm
Hardeeville Recreation Center
285 John Smith Rd.
Hardeeville, SC 29927
Saturday, March 18 | 2pm – 7pm
Volunteers and Spanish speaking interpreters will be onsite to prepare your taxes for free and answer tax, financial and legal questions! Plus a food truck, kids’ activities & music! La Pantera Radio will broadcast live both days from 2pm to 4pm. Click HERE for additional information.
Please bring the following items to the VITA site to make it easier to prepare your return:
If married and filing a joint return, both spouses must come to the VITA site.
VITA volunteers will NOT prepare Schedule D (Complex), Schedule E, Employee Business Expenses, Moving Expenses, Nondeductible IRA
Click HERE or on the image on the right to download an IRS fact sheet (English/Spanish) on what tax forms VITA will and will not prepare as well as what documents to bring with you.
Eligible families will receive advance Child Tax Credit payments of up to $300 for each child younger than age 6 and up to $250 for each qualifying child ages six to 17. Watch an IRS video to learn more.
You may also opt out of the Advanced Child Tax Credit payments. Visit the portal here, which is now live.
The key factor for VITA’s success is its volunteers. United Way provides free training, and all VITA sites are staffed with IRS Certified VITA Volunteers to prepare tax returns in the program.
We need the support of the community in spreading the word of this free tax preparation service.
In addition to traditional face-to-face tax preparation, Lowcountry residents have the option of filing a simple return through MyFreeTaxes, a secure and free site.
Click HERE for more information.
Please click HERE if you are interested in becoming a VITA volunteer.