INDIAN TRAIL – Volunteers with Common Heart will again offer its free income tax service to residents.
This will be the eighth year Common Heart has offered free tax services, which are completed by trained and certified volunteers as part of the national Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, or VITA, program.
Common Heart is partnering with Community Link, which provides appointment scheduling, training and supervision.
Individuals and families with an annual household income of $55,000 or less are eligible for the free assistance. Residents don’t have to live in Union County.
Call 704-761-8482 to make an appointment. They are available 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays, Feb. 13 to April 13, at its office, 116 Business Park Drive, suite A.
Last year, volunteers filed 527 income tax returns. The free service, which saw a record number of residents for the second year in a row, got residents almost $500,000 in total refunds.
“Our free tax service helps take the stress out of tax time and allows our hard-working neighbors to use the money they save on tax preparation fees for other needs, like food, rent or medical bills or, in the case of one of our friends, a down payment on a rent to own home,” Executive Director Keith Adams said. “We serve people from all walks of life – college students, teachers, hair stylists, retail staff, local government employees and retirees.”