Each year, tax time proves stressful for millions of Americans who can’t afford the high cost of tax preparation and are unable to prepare their own returns. With thousands of returns being prepared and filed at Volunteer Income Taxpayer Assistance sites in the Greater Durham area, The Greater Durham TAC Coalition makes a major impact on the need for low cost, high quality tax services.
Reinvestment Partners will begin its 8th season of free income tax preparation on Tuesday, January 24, 2017. If you meet the criteria for free tax help listed below, make an appointment using the online scheduler or by calling (919) 667-1000. Self-prepared (or FSA) options are also available.
North Carolina Volunteer Taxpayer Assistance (VITA) Sites
Volunteer Income Taxpayer Assistance Program
The VITA Program offers free tax help to low- to moderate-income (generally, $54,000 and below) people who cannot prepare their own tax returns. Certified volunteers sponsored by various organizations receive training to help prepare basic tax returns in communities across the country. VITA sites are generally located at community and neighborhood centers, libraries, schools, shopping malls, and other convenient locations. Most locations also offer free electronic filing.
Here’s How IRS Sponsored VITA Sites Can Help
- FREE Service – No costly preparation fees or hidden costs
- IRS Certified tax assistants available to help you complete your returns
- Several Locations in Durham with varied schedules for your convenience
- EFile of your tax return upon completion if no precluding paperwork
- Receive your refund in 10-14 days with direct deposit to your account
- Avoid Refund Anticipation Loans robbing $100s from your refund
- Ensure you take advantage of available EITC Credits if qualified
Here’s What You Need to Participate
- Must have earned less than $54,000 for 2016 tax year
- Proof of Identity such as NC State issued ID or Driver’s License or School ID
- Social Security Card or Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN) letter for all persons listed on your return
- W-2, 1098, and 1099 forms
- 1095A, 1095B, or 1095C Health Insurance Forms
- Amounts of any other income
- Child Care provider’s name, identification number, and amounts paid for these expenses
- Amounts/dates of any estimated or other tax payments made
- Bank documents showing routing and account numbers if requesting direct deposit of funds
- Copy of your 2015 tax return
The NC-TAC is a coalition effort between Reinvestment Partners, Duke Law School, NCCU School of Law, and numerous other Community Organizations, City, County and State Agencies dedicated to assisting NC taxpayers in utilizing available tax services in and around Durham.