United Way begins training volunteers to assistant community with income taxes

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As we approach year’s end, volunteers at United Way of Southern Cameron County are training to help community members prepare their tax returns for next year.

“What we like to just remind people as we approach December is to No. 1 – don’t go overboard,” said United Way of Southern Cameron County Financial Stability Coordinator Keren Arista. “Think about your finances, so that you’re not really pressured. We don’t want you to feel that pressure come January to be in a rush.”

According to United Way, many people in the community depend on tax returns to get their income tax credits.

“And so if you can think ahead a little bit and just wait until you get your W2s on that last week of January, you can get into a VITA-site and get your taxes done free of charge,” said Arista.

VITA stands for “Volunteer Income Tax Assistance”. United Way will have several VITA sites throughout the community.

“The last week of January, the VITA sites will be running to help low-to-moderate income folks in our area get their federal tax returns done free of charge,” said Arista.

This can save a family anywhere from $250 to $400 dollars.

“Just think about that during the holiday shopping, and to not put pressure on yourself financially, and you’ll have a much more pleasant, peaceful holiday.”


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