The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program provides free tax preparation services to individuals and families making less than $50,000. VITA clients save an average of $200 in tax preparation fees through VITA. Last year, VITA returned $4.2 million back into the pockets of Lancaster County residents. Let VITA help you get your hard-earned money back!
HOW DOES VITA HELP YOU?
VITA helps put hard-earned money back in the pockets of low-to-moderate income wage earners in the form of tax refunds and tax credits. And the free service saves taxpayers the expense of tax preparation services, which average about $200. Last year we saved taxpayers $740,200 in fees.
PREPARE YOUR OWN TAXES FOR FREE
Online self-preparation through www.MyFreeTaxes.org/LancasterCounty submits your federal and state tax forms. You will need to fill out and submit your local tax forms separately and can obtain a printed form by calling 717-569-4521 or file online at http://lctcb.localtaxonline.org/.
SCHEDULE A FREE TAX PREPARATION APPOINTMENT
Call 2-1-1 or (717) 291-5462 to speak with one of United Way's trained information and referral specialists who can help you determine if you qualify for the VITA free tax preparation service, and who can help you schedule an appointment at one of our 14 VITA sites in Lancaster County. Click here to view the VITA sites and find a location near you.
WHAT TO BRING TO YOUR VITA APPOINTMENT
To prepare your tax returns, we need to have the proper documents. For the list of what documents and information you should bring with you to your appointment, click here.
AT YOUR APPOINTMENT
Earned Income Tax Credit Information (EITC)
Tax Credit up to:
|3 or more children
The EITC is a valuable tax credit available to working families and individuals.
VITA volunteers are trained to maximize your EITC if you qualify.
Any household that made $50,000 or less in 2013 is eligible to file your taxes for free at www.MyFreeTaxes.org/LancasterCounty.
You qualify to have your income taxes prepared free of charge at our VITA locations in Lancaster County if in 2013:
- Your total household income was $50,000 or less
- You did not receive military pay
- You did not receive clergy pay
- You did not have income from the ownership of a farm
- You did not have rental property income
- You did not own a business
- You did not have income from trading stocks or bonds
- You did not have a cancellation of debt
- You did not have a foreclosure
- You did not have income from Puerto Rico
HOW IT BEGAN
Lancaster County’s VITA program started with outreach efforts from our Women's Council whose members learned that each year, millions of dollars of tax refunds went unclaimed because taxpayers didn't know they were eligible for, or didn't claim, valuable tax credits for working families. Recognizing that income is an important building block for a better life, the Women's Council began outreach efforts to educate families about the opportunities available.
Interested in learning more about the VITA program and what you can do to get involved as a tax preparer? Find out more here.
“No taxpayer shall be excluded from participating in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination based on race, color, sex, national origin, reprisal, disability or age in programs or activities supported by the Department of the Treasury-Internal Revenue Service. All reasonable accommodations will be made for taxpayers with a disability at no cost.”
||The Walmart Foundation is a contributing sponsor of the VITA program
in Lancaster County.