United Way groups seek volunteers to help people with their income taxes

United Way groups seek volunteers to help people with their income taxes

United Way of Metropolitan Nashville and United Way of Williamson County are seeking volunteers to participate in the annual Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Free Tax Prep program.

United Way’s VITA program offers free tax preparation services to individuals and families who earned $66,000 or less per household in 2018. Volunteers will also help qualifying individuals receive important credits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) or Child Tax Credit (CTC) that lift millions out of poverty each year.

The average Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) of households helped at Williamson County VITA sites in 2018 was $27,230.

Last year, United Way’s VITA volunteers in Metro Nashville completed 14,390 returns, helping taxpayers save more than $3.9 million in tax preparation fees and bringing more than $17.7 million in federal refunds back to the community.

In Williamson County last tax season, 45 volunteers helped to prepare 1,472 tax returns and returned over $1.1 million in total refunds. In 2019, the Williamson County program is expanding service to Maury and Hickman Counties.

In addition, talks are under way on a possible merger between Metro Nashville and Williamson County United Way organizations.

VITA sites need greeters/intake specialists, tax preparers, quality reviewers and site coordinators beginning late January through mid-April. Many volunteers begin with no previous tax experience. Volunteers may register at www.volunteerforvita.org to pick their VITA site and will receive classroom training by IRS-certified instructors.

New volunteers usually start with a one-hour orientation and a seven-hour tax law class. Returning volunteers or individuals with tax preparation experience usually attend the one-hour orientation.

“Our dedicated volunteers play a critical role in helping return millions of dollars back into our community,” said UWMN President Brian Hassett. “United Way and its hundreds of volunteers lend their time and energy to make sure community members have the resources they need during tax season.”

In 2019, United Way is partnering to operate 33 VITA sites throughout Middle Tennessee, including 10 locations in Davidson County. The Williamson County program will serve seven sites, including those in Maury and Hickman counties.

Site operation hours vary by site. If you are interested in volunteering at other VITA sites in Middle Tennessee, please contact your local United Way office.

  • Williamson County Public Library
    1314 Columbia Avenue
    Franklin, TN 37064
  • GraceWorks Ministries
    104 Southeast Parkway, Suite 100
    Franklin, TN 37064
  • Triangle School (Historic Building)
    7120 Westview Drive
    Fairview, TN 37062
  • FiftyForward – College Grove
    8607 Horton Highway
    College Grove, TN 37046
  • Spring Hill Public Library
    144 Kedron Parkway
    Spring Hill, TN 37174
  • Maury County Senior Center
    1020 Maury County Park Drive
    Columbia, TN 38401
  • Hickman County Public Library
    120 W. Swan Street
    Centerville, TN 37033

Residents can find the nearest VITA site in their community and more information about the program by visiting UnitedWayFileFree.com or through United Way’s 2-1-1 Helpline by texting their ZIP code to 898211.

Last year, the average taxpayer spent $273 to file returns at paid tax service providers.

For more information about the VITA Free Tax Prep program, visit unitedwayfilefree.com.

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