VITA Assistance Is Here

$0 Cost Tax Preparation Service Returns to Broward County  

VITA volunteers helps with taxesNow through April 15, 2020, Broward Tax Pro’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is providing tax preparation services at $0 cost to individuals and families in Broward County with an annual income of less than $55,000, as well as to veterans, the elderly and those with disabilities. Services include financial guidance on how to maximize a refund.

To ensure accessibility, the services are provided by certified tax professionals at 16 permanent tax sites across Broward County – including local nonprofits and public libraries – plus more than 25 mobile tax sites. Services are available in English, Spanish, French, Haitian-Creole, Portuguese and American Sign-Language.

During the 2019 tax season, $6.3 million in taxes were refunded to Broward County working families and individuals and more than 7,000 people were served, with $1.5 million in savings on tax preparation fees.

In addition to tax preparation, VITA provides assistance with resolving issues that can arise after the regular tax season. For example, Mario, a taxpayer with disabilities, received a letter from the IRS stating that he owed $195 in interest and penalties plus an original debt of $216. Mario’s disability pension income from the Social Security Administration had been prepared incorrectly for years. After the VITA team reviewed and corrected his taxes, they identified that instead of the client owing the IRS $411, he would actually be getting back $516. Mario’s mother-in-law, who was there to assist him, was thrilled and said, “Thank you for allowing my son-in-law the luxury of having his taxes reviewed and corrected!"

Funding for VITA is made possible by United Way of Broward County, the Children's Services Council of Broward County (CSC), IRS, Hispanic Unity of Florida (HUF), and Citi Community Development.

To find the nearest VITA site and times of service, click here or dial 2-1-1.

 

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Financial Stability