Free Tax Prep Program Kicks Off Across Middle Tennessee
Individuals, families earning less than $66,000 in 2019 are eligible for free tax prep services
February 3, 2020, WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Tenn.—United Way of Greater Nashville and partner agencies have officially launched the 16th annual Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) free tax prep program.
Through VITA, IRS-certified volunteers offer free tax preparation services to individuals and families who earned $66,000 or less per household in 2019, helping qualifying individuals receive important credits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) or Child Tax Credit (CTC) that lift millions out of poverty each year. Now through April, United Way is partnering to operate 24 VITA sites throughout Middle Tennessee, including five locations in Williamson County:
- FiftyForward – College Grove (8607 Horton Hwy., College Grove, TN): Thursdays 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Appointment only. Site closes April 9.
- GraceWorks Ministries (104 Southeast Parkway, Ste. 100, Franklin, TN): Tuesdays, Thursdays 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Appointment preferred. Walk ins available if time permits. Site closes April 15.
- Spring Hill Public Library (144 Kedron Parkway, Spring Hill, TN): Hours: Tuesdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Appointment only. Site opens Feb. 4 and closes April 14.
- Triangle School (7120 Westview Dr., Fairview, TN): Tuesdays 3 to 7 p.m.; Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Appointment preferred. Walk ins available if time permits. Site closes April 14.
- Williamson County Public Library (1314 Columbia Ave., Franklin, TN): Mondays, Wednesdays 1 to 6 p.m.; Saturdays 9 a.m. to noon. Walk-In Self-Aid Kiosk Hours: Mondays 1 to 6 p.m. Appointment preferred. Walk ins available if time permits.
To schedule an appointment, please call 615.830.7940 or visit unitedwayfilefree.com. Taxpayers may also file online at UnitedWayFileFree.com. Last year, United Way’s VITA volunteers completed 14,750 returns, helping taxpayers save more than $3.9 million in tax preparation fees and bringing more than $20 million in federal refunds back to the community.
“The VITA free tax prep program helps thousands of individuals save by keeping their full tax return in their pockets,” said Brian Hassett, president and CEO of United Way of Greater Nashville. “One of United Way’s core focus areas is helping our neighbors keep more of what they earn so that every individual has a chance at a better life—which is why many people across Middle Tennessee depend on our VITA program during tax season. VITA partnerships ensure that our hard-working neighbors are able to use their income for essentials like rent, putting food on the table, childcare and transportation.”
Residents can find the nearest VITA site in their community and more information about the program by visiting UnitedWayFileFree.com or through United Way’s 211 Helpline by texting their ZIP code to 898211. To learn more about becoming a volunteer, visit volunteerforvita.org.
About United Way of Greater Nashville
At United Way, we unite the community and mobilize resources so that every child, individual and family thrives. Together, we are fighting for a community where every child receives a quality education, no one lives in poverty or poor health, and the most basic needs of our families are met. We are uniquely positioned to the lead this fight by bringing individuals, businesses, nonprofits and government to the table to have the tough conversations, mobilize the resources and make the smart investments that will create lasting solutions for our region’s most pressing issues. LIVE UNITED. For more information, visit unitedwaynashville.org and follow us on social media @UWNashville.