Free tax return preparation available

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The Lowcounty Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Coalition, in collaboration with the Internal Revenue Service, United Way of the Lowcountry, the Beaufort County Human Services Alliance and other partner organizations will once again will provide free tax return preparation throughout Beaufort and Jasper Counties.

The VITA program, through their IRS-certified tax preparers, assist with tax returns for people who generally make $60,000 or less ($120,000 if filing jointly), differently abled persons, people 60 and older, and limited English speaking community residents.

VITA Coalition will be offering services through April 2020. Services will be conveniently accessible at multiple locations across Beaufort and Jasper counties.

Site locations, days and times are listed below. Clients must bring a photo identification and social security card for every person on the tax return. For a full list of what to bring, please visit https://www.irs.gov/Individuals/Checklist-for-Free-Tax-Return-Preparation.

Volunteers needed

Even though the tax season is under way, VITA is still looking for volunteer greeters at three locations – Beaufort Library, St. Helena Library and Lobeco Library. Training will be provided.

VITA is currently seeking Volunteer Greeters for Beaufort Library on Monday’s from 11-5, St. Helena Library on Tuesday’s from 12:30-6:30, and Lobeco Library on Saturday’s from 11-3.

To volunteer or for more information on locations in other counties, visit www.vitalowcountry.org or contact Program Coordinator Theresa Jackson at lowcountryvitacoalition@gmail.com or 843-321-9071.

Tax preparation locations

Beaufort County

Beaufort Library, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday and Thursday

Technical College of the Lowcountry, 6-8 p.m., Thursday

Bluffton Library, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, by appointment (BlufftonVita@gmail.com) only Saturday

St. Helena Library, 12:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday

Lobeco Library, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday

Deep Well Project, Hilton Head, 6-8:30 p.m.

Hilton Head Library, noon-4 p.m. Saturday

Jasper County

Hardeeville Library, 1-4:30 p.m. Wednesday

Ridgeland Library, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.