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United Way of Central Indiana offers free tax preparation assistance

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Posted at 8:22 PM, Feb 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-17 20:22:47-05

INDIANAPOLIS — As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact Hoosiers financially, the United Way of Central Indiana is working to make sure families and individuals receive their full tax refund.

“This is important,” Jessica DiSanto, spokeswoman for United Way of Central Indiana, said. “Every dollar counts for these families and for all of us really, but for these families in particular.”

United Way is offering a range of free tax preparation resources through MyFreeTaxes.com, an online portal, in addition to a small network of in-person Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites.

Families or individuals who make less than $66,000 are eligible to visit a local VITA site by appointment.

“These people, they are professionals. They take time with you and they actually care about you. That means a lot,” John Price said.

For the last 11 years, Price and his wife have taken advantage of the free tax preparation services at the John Boner Community Center, one of 10 VITA sites in the region.

“There are a lot of places they can go, and it could be very expensive, and those expenses may not be in their budget,” volunteer Rita Bird said.

To see a full list of the VITA sites click here.

Anyone, regardless of income, can file on MyFreeTaxes.com. Those who make less than $57,00 a year can utilize the “with assistance” option.

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