Free tax return preparation and filing for families earning low to moderate incomes begins Jan. 30 through United Way of Williamson County’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.
Families and individuals making $62,000 or less are eligible.
Last year, VITA volunteers helped 984 families with their taxes, resulting in $898,647 in total federal refunds coming back to Williamson County families, according to figures from the United Way of Williamson County.
IRS-certified volunteers staff four sites in the county: the Fairview Public Library, Fifty Forward College Grove, GraceWorks Ministries and the Williamson County Public Library. The volunteers assist with the qualification process and determine if individuals qualify for credits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit and the Credit for the Elderly.
Last year, $344,943 in Earned Income Tax Credit refunds were returned to Williamson County residents.
In addition to free tax preparation assistance, the sites offer free electronic filing, which allows refunds to be directly deposited into a person’s bank account.
Qualified families who are unable or do not wish to go to one of the VITA sites can also file their income taxes for free online by visiting DoMyTaxes.org. Free tax filing software is provided by H&R Block.
The sites and hours are as follows:
Fairview Public Library, 2240 Fairview Blvd., Fairview, Tenn. 37062
2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays
FiftyForward College Grove, 8607 Horton Highway, College Grove, Tenn. 37046
9 a.m. to noon Thursdays
GraceWorks Ministries, 104 Southeast Parkway Suite 100, Franklin, Tenn. 37064
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays
Williamson County Public Library, 1314 Columbia Avenue, Franklin, Tenn. 37064
9 a.m. to noon Mondays; 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays; 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays
Items to bring:
Government-issued photo identification
Last year’s tax return
Social Security number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) for each family member on the return
W-2s, 1099 and other income statements
Healthcare form 1095
Direct Deposit information
Your spouse, if filing jointly
Volunteers will be available through April 15.
United Way of Williamson County is part of the Tennessee Alliance for Financial Independence – a coalition that includes the IRS, Department of Human Services, the Nashville Wealth Building Alliance and other United Way-led financial stability initiatives throughout the State of Tennessee.
To see if you qualify for free tax preparation, dial 2-1-1, a community hotline providing free, 24-hour access for information and referrals, or call 615-830-7940 to schedule an appointment. For more information, visit uwwc.org/vita.