United Way Tax Assistance Programs
More than 138,000 friends and neighbors in our region live below the poverty line and more than one in four residents struggle to make ends meet. We work to empower families and individuals and promote financial well-being across the region and build the capacity of organizations to achieve wealth equity in our community.
As tax season approaches, there are questions about when the IRS will begin accepting tax returns and paying refunds during the ongoing government shutdown. Keep an eye on this space for any updates, particularly those related to our Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program.
January 8 Update: The IRS confirmed tax season will begin on Monday, January 28 and will pay refunds to filers despite the ongoing government shutdown. We are gearing up to kick off our Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program on January 28.
United Way offers two programs that provide free tax assistance for low- to moderate-income families and individuals.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
United Way’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax preparation for families and individuals with income of $55,000 or less. Tax prep sites are located throughout the Greater Richmond and Petersburg region. Learn more here.
MyFreeTaxes is a free, safe and easy way for individuals and families to file their taxes online. The program is available to anyone with a household income of $66,000 or less in 2018. Learn more here.
Do a paycheck checkup to make sure your withholding matches your current tax situation, especially given the new tax rules. Use the IRS Calculator to make sure you have the right amount.
The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a tax benefit for working people. The EITC can help cover any federal income tax workers may owe at tax time. Workers earning lower wages may also get cash back through the EITC refund. Eligible workers who claim the EITC on their tax return can receive a refund even if they do not have a filing requirement. Learn more about the EITC and see if you are eligible.
Tax Help Resources
Get your free credit report here.