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Free tax help available
In 2010, Judith Vanga was worried about how she would file her taxes. Newly divorced, the Fredericksburg resident went from being married with a six-plus figure joint income to making $22,000 a year before taxes. Financially unable to pay for someone to prepare her taxes, Vanga found another solution:
“I went online to the IRS website and found that Rappahannock United Way could help me and that the service was free. When I showed up, I was immediately greeted warmly and given information on what to do. The gentleman that helped me was patient and knowledgeable and made sure that I understood everything. Throughout the process, I felt that he took pride in what he was doing by helping me, and I was grateful for that.”
Volunteer Tax Sites are part of the largest anti-poverty program in the nation, bringing an estimated $1 billion into the homes of low-to-moderate-income working families. Locally, the Rappahannock United Way organizes and trains volunteers to prepare taxes for free to community members who make $50,000 a year or less.
During the 2011 tax season, volunteers filed 902 tax returns in Planning District 16, with the total refunds for these individuals and families amounting to $1.18 million. Because these taxpayers chose the free tax preparation, they collectively saved $170,000 on preparation fees.
All services are provided by volunteers under the guidance of IRS-certified staff and volunteers.
Because of the impact the taxes services program made on her life, Judith returned to have her taxes prepared in 2011. She said:
“By having my taxes prepared by Rappahannock United Way I didn’t have to stress over one more issue. I had been going through a lot of stress because of the divorce and I am sure that it showed when I walked in. I walked out feeling relieved that not only were my taxes done but I didn’t have to try and figure out how I was going to pay for having my taxes prepared on top of owing the government.”
Tax preparation begins Monday, January 16 and runs through Tuesday, April 17, 2012. See below for a listing of weekly dates and times.
|Mondays||Central Rappahannock Regional Library , England Run Branch,
5pm-8pm, 806 Lyons Boulevard, Fredericksburg
|Tuesdays||Central Rappahannock Regional Library , Main Branch,
5pm-8pm, 1201 Caroline Street, Fredericksburg
|Wednesdays||Rappahannock United Way, 1pm-5pm,
3310Shannon Park Drive, FredericksburgCentral Rappahannock Regional Library, Porter Branch,
5pm-8pm, 2001 Parkway Boulevard, Stafford
|Saturdays||Rappahannock United Way, 10am-5pm,
3310 Shannon Park Drive, Fredericksburg
*Taxpayers must bring necessary documentation to receive assistance filing taxes:
- Driver’s License or Photo Identification Card
- Social Security card or Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN) for taxpayer and all dependents
- Copies of all W2, 1098, 1099 forms
- Amounts of any other income
- Childcare provider’s name, address, and tax identification number
- Amounts and dates of any estimated or other tax payments made.
- Notice CP1378 or the amount of Economic Stimulus Payment received
- Spouse in person, if filing jointly
- Proof of account for direct deposit of in refund (voided check)
For details, click here or call Rappahannock United Way at (540) 373-0041 ext. 316.