United Way offering free tax help

United Way of Bartholomew County will offer free income tax filing to Bartholomew County residents through the VITA and AARP programs starting Monday and running through the filing season.

Interested residents should dial 2-1-1 to schedule a filing appointment, with reservations taken on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Last year’s Free Income Tax Assistance served more than 1,000 local residents and collectively saved residents more than $96,000 in taxpayer fees.

The programs offer free tax filings to Bartholomew County residents who make $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities, elderly and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance preparing their own tax returns.

IRS-certified volunteers provide confidential income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals. Volunteer tax preparers also help to ensure that families and individuals receive qualified tax credits.

Appointments and filing will be conducted from Monday through April 14. Multiple tax sites are available throughout Bartholomew County including the Doug Otto United Way Center, Mill Race Center and Sandy Hook United Methodist Church.

This year’s national filing deadline is April 17.

The tax help is part of United Way’s mission of increasing the financial stability of Bartholomew County residents.

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Brian Blair is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at bblair@therepublic.com or 812-379-5672.