28 Feb VITA Hosts Free Fiesta Fun Tax Education Day March 18
Free Fiesta Fun Tax Education Day Set for March 18 in Hardeeville
Spanish Speaking Interpreters Available to Prepare Taxes, Answer Immigration Questions
A free Fiesta Fun Tax Education Day, featuring IRS-certified tax preparers, Spanish speaking interpreters, food and music, is set for Saturday, March 18 in Hardeeville.
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Coalition, a collaboration with the IRS, Beaufort County Human Services Alliance and United Way of the Lowcountry (UWLC), will host the Fiesta Fun Tax Education Day from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Hardeeville Recreation Center. The recreation center is located at 285 John Smith Road in Hardeeville.
VITA volunteers and Spanish speaking interpreters will be on site to prepare federal and state taxes for free and answer tax, financial and immigration questions. Representatives will be available from PASOs, Lowcountry Immigration Council, Lowcountry Council of Government’s Agency on Aging and Bluffton Self Help. There will also be a food truck, kids’ activities, music and a live broadcast by La Pantera Radio. Everyone is invited to enjoy the Fiesta, and taxes will be prepared on a first-come, first served basis.
Staffed by local volunteers, VITA provides free preparation and electronic filing of income tax returns for individuals and families with annual incomes of less than $60,000; anyone with a physical disability; non-English-speaking citizens; and people older than 60. Last tax season, a team of 49 volunteers saved 1,797 Lowcountry residents more than $450,000 in tax preparations fees alone and placed more than $2.6 million in refunds back into residents’ pockets.
“Even modest tax refunds can be a significant boost to household budgets,” said UWLC President and CEO Dale Douthat. “By seeking free tax prep assistance from a trusted local program like VITA, Lowcountry residents have the best likelihood of getting their taxes done on time, correctly and hassle-free.”
VITA’s free preparation sites are open through April 15 at 11 locations in Bamberg, Barnwell, Beaufort, Colleton and Jasper counties. The sites include Voorhees College in Bamberg County and Blackville Community Development Corporation in Barnwell County; the Beaufort, Bluffton, Lobeco and St. Helena public libraries and The Deep Well Project in Beaufort County; Lowcountry Community Action Agency in Colleton County; and the Agape Family Life Center and Hardeeville and Ridgeland public libraries in Jasper County. After work and Saturday hours are available at some locations.
For more information about VITA services, site locations, dates, times and required documents, visit: www.vitavolunteers.org
About United Way of the Lowcountry
Since the 1950s, United Way of the Lowcountry has been working to create a better life for the residents of Beaufort and Jasper counties. Our focus is on protecting services vital to the immediate basic needs of the most vulnerable members of our community; while making long term investments in education, economic mobility and health, because these are the building blocks for a good quality of life. We bring together people and organizations from all across the Lowcountry who bring the passion, expertise and resources needed to get things done. Each year, United Way raises funds through our annual campaign, special events and grants. Just as funds are raised locally, United Way funds stay local. Learn how you can be a part of United Way at www.uwlowcountry.org.