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Get free help filing your taxes

The Rappahannock United Way is offering free tax help again this year. Here are the details:

Tax season is here and Rappahannock United Way and the Financial Stability Coalition are offering free tax assistance. Working individuals and families in the area who earned $51,000 or less in 2012 are eligible for assistance. IRS-certified, trained volunteers will be on-hand at 13 sites throughout the area to help those who qualify.

With gas, food and utility costs rising and the increase in income taxes, individuals and families are faced with less income and higher expenses. One way people can increase their financial well-being is to take advantage of the free tax services program.

All services are provided by IRS-certified staff and volunteers. Last year, volunteers filed 1,066 tax returns in Planning District 16, refunding over $1.5 million and saving those taxpayers $223,000 in preparation fees – on average saving each filer $209 in fees.

The money saved can help these hard-working individuals and families pay for things they really need, such as food, utilities, clothing and education.

“Finances are tight for many and we want to make sure that everyone has the tools and knowledge to be financially stable and get their maximum refund,” said Sarah Walsh, Director of Community Impact at Rappahannock United Way. “There are other services out there that are advertised as being free, but are often limited in what they provide. This is completely free – we don’t accept any payment or solicit any donations. We just want to help out everyone we can.”

This year, up to $5,891 worth of Earned Income Tax Credits are available per family based on eligibility requirements.

Tax preparation begins Monday, January 28 and continues through Monday, April 15.  See below for the weekly listing of locations. For the full listing, visit their website.

*Taxpayers must bring all of the following 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.
  • Spouse in person, if filing jointly
  • Proof of account for direct deposit of refund (voided check)

 

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,

3310 Shannon Park Drive, Fredericksburg

Central Rappahannock Regional Library, Porter Branch

5pm-8pm

2001 Parkway Boulevard, Stafford

Saturdays Rappahannock United Way

10am-5pm

3310 Shannon Park Drive, Fredericksburg

 

Other sites will be open on specific dates starting January 28. For more information and the complete listing of tax sites, visit their website  or call Rappahannock United Way at (540) 373-0041 ext. 300.

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