IRS Certified Community Volunteers Providing Free Tax Preparation
During tax season each year, as part of the 4 Community 2 Financial Stability Project Volunteer Tax Assistance Centers are available in the community. These sites offer low to moderate income individuals and families an opportunity to have free help with completing their taxes as well as e-filing the return. These sites in Vincennes, North Knox and South Knox are open on weekends through the middle of February (by appointment only by dialing 2-1-1) to assist with the tax process. Tax returns will be completed with special emphasis on the EITC – Earned Income Tax Credit. The tax refund process can be sped up by the free e-file process and direct deposit; last year’s returns were received within three to five days. A special program by seven area banks called Bank On Knox County will be introduced for second chance and first time depositors. An education program and information concerning the accounts will be available at the sites. The VITA center is open and available for all citizens of Knox County. The United Way and 4 Community 2 Program would like to thank Vincennes University, The Blue Jean Center and Wilson Center for allowing their centers and computers to be used for this project.
In addition to the super sites, appointment only services will be provided by Generations through TCE (Tax Counseling for the Elderly) sites and the Vincennes University Accounting students will be preparing tax returns for the Vincennes Community and the students at Vincennes University. The students under the direction of Lisa Nash, Assistant Professor, are certified by testing through the IRS. The tax preparation service is free to the community and part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service. Preparation starts January 30st and ends March 1st. The students prepare 1040EZ, 1040A, 1040 with schedules A, B, C-EZ, D, child and dependent care credit, and education credits. The returns are filed electronically with direct deposit available if desired. Individuals must make an appointment by calling 812-888-5880 or calling Generations 2-1-1.