CAMERON COUNTY, TX (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — Tax season officially kicks-off this Friday, but United Way of Southern Cameron County has already started its free tax prep service for qualifying residents, Na'Tassia Finley has more on who's eligible and what you can expect this tax season.
You may have to pay up or you may have be getting some back from Uncle Sam, but you won't know for sure, until you file. United Way of Southern Cameron County, for the tenth year, is offering free tax prep assistance to qualifying residents.
Karen Arista, Financial Stability Coordinator, "To qualify to get your tax return prepared free of charge at a volunteer income tax assistant site, you need to have earned income under $51,000."
The over 200 volunteers figuring taxes are IRS Certified Volunteer income tax preparers, Karen Arista, "We don't do self employment income or if you need itemized deduction or things like that we don't."
Items you'll need when you come to get your tax return done are, a photo ID, your W-2 and 1099 forms, Social Security cards and last year's tax return.
Karen Arista, "United Way is involved in this because we really want to help the struggling families, who are struggling financially. We want to help them hang on to their cash, we want to help them get every credit, every federal benefit that you can access through the tax system and the IRS tells us that a lot of that money is left on the table. We want to bring it back to Brownsville, we want people to access their benefits through the tax system."
During the 2012 tax season, United Way of Southern Cameron County and its partners helped working families here in the Valley claim nearly $2.5 million dollars in refunds.