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Volunteer Income Tax Assistance - VITA

Interested in helping with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA)? Free training is available to become a Certified Tax Preparer.  If you are willing to volunteer at least four hours of your time per week during tax season, please contact the St. Lucie County Community Services Office at (772) 462-1777 or email us at Comm_info@stlucieco.org.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) is a group of volunteers in the community who are trained and certified by the Internal Revenue Service.  Many of the volunteers have a strong background in accounting, bookkeeping or previous VITA experience.  Many have no experience, but are willing to learn! VITA sites prepare and e-file form 1040 and prepare returns within the volunteer's level of training and the scope of the VITA program. Those with more complicated returns, may be referred to other locations.  The volunteers treat all clients professionally, with courtesy and respect.  Safeguarding the confidentiality of the client is priority at all VITA sites! 

The FREE Tax Assistance sites are provided to help families who earn less than $54,000 annually to avoid:

  1. Having to pay for tax preparation and 
  2. Paying high interest and fees on rapid refund loans.
  3. With e-file and direct deposit -  you can get your returns in as quick as 10 days!
  4. MyFreeTaxes.com
  5. Tax Assistance 2017 click here

For those who make less than $64,000. They can prepare their own taxes using the “My Free Taxes”: www.unitedway.org/myfreetaxes.

Did You Know...

There are many e-mail scams circulating that fraudulently use the Internal Revenue Service name or logo as a lure.  The goal of the scam- known as phishing- is to trick you into revealing personal and financial information.  The scammers can then use your personal information, such as your social security number, bank account or credit card numbers, to commit identity theft and steal your money.

The IRS will never ask you for detailed personal and financial information via e-mail, nor will they ask for PIN numbers and passwords.

You can help shut down these schemes and prevent others from being victimized.  If you receive a suspicious e-mail that claims to come from the IRS, you can forward the e-mail to a special IRS mailbox, phishing@irs.gov.  You can forward the message as received or provide the Internet header of the e-mail.  The Internet header has additional information to help the IRS locate the sender.

The American Tax Relief Act  of 2012 extends the relief for married taxpayers, the expanded credit for taxpayers with three or more qualifying children, and other provisions to December 31, 2017.