Time running out for free tax service

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TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — Time is running out on local organizations offering free tax services.

Most people know filing your taxes can be an expensive and even intimidating process. But not everyone is aware of places such as United Way of Greater Lafayette and Lafayette Urban Ministry, two nonprofits doing what they can to help out the community.

April 18 is the final day to do your taxes.

Thanks to the IRS program VITA, or Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, you could qualify for free service. The only requirement is that your household income is less than $54,000.

United Way of Greater Lafayette CEO Michael Budd said this service takes away much of the hassle and makes sure you are getting the most out of your return.

“VITA is important because it provides individuals and families an opportunity to get their taxes done for free, which saves them the processing fee which on average is around $250,” explained Budd. “There are a lot of tax credits and deductibles that people aren’t aware of, so it’s an opportunity to be sure their taxes are done in the best possible way.”

There are three local organizations that are part of VITA. United Way of Greater Lafayette, Lafayette Urban Ministry, and Ivy Tech Community College are all accepting appointments. All you need to do is call and set up a time to come in and meet with an IRS certified volunteer, and they will tell you everything you need to bring with you.

“It’s about helping families with their financial stability and being strong in that way, so it doesn’t matter what site they go to,” said Budd.

Last year United Way did around 900 free tax returns. With about three weeks still to go, they expect to break that mark this year.

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