Free income tax preparation available at library branches

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Services offered by Lowcountry VITA and AARP

From staff reports

The Beaufort County Library is hosting free tax preparation assistance for Beaufort County citizens provided by Lowcountry Area VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) and American Association of Retired Persons (AARP).

Due to current social distancing guidelines, both VITA and AARP have adjusted their method of service to provide curbside and/or contactless free tax preparation in accordance with health and safety protocols.

In collaboration with the Beaufort County Human Services Alliance and United Way of the Lowcountry, Inc., the Lowcountry Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to persons generally earning $66,000 annually or less, differently-abled persons, persons 60 and older, and limited English-speaking persons.

Further details about VITA services is available at www.vitalowcountry.org. To volunteer or obtain more information, contact Program Coordinator Theresa Jackson at lowcountryvitacoalition@gmail.com or call 843-321-9071.

VITA tax assistance will be available at the following library locations:

Lobeco Library, 1862 Trask Parkway, Lobeco; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturdays.

St. Helena Library, 6355 Jonathan Francis Senior Road, St. Helena Island; 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Beaufort Library, 311 Scott Street, Beaufort; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mondays and Thursdays.

Bluffton Library, 120 Palmetto Way, Bluffton; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mondays.

In addition to hosting free tax preparation services, all Beaufort County Library locations are open for quick browsing and curbside service. Please visit beaufortcountylibrary.org for the most up-to-date information about Beaufort County Library hours and services.