The 2014 VITA season kicked off on January 22 and will run through April 15. The VITA program is an IRS-sponsored program, which provides free income tax return preparation assistance to taxpayers earning up to $60,000.
VITA San Antonio is a coalition of more than 30 organizations including the Department of Human Services, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), United Way, Catholic Charities, financial institutions, and local businesses. The goal of VITA is to increase awareness of federal tax credits to low and moderate income taxpayers, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit, the Child Tax Credit, and the Child Care Tax Credit.
Additionally, VITA assists taxpayers by eliminating expensive tax preparation fees, promoting electronic filing of returns, and encouraging direct deposit of refunds. The Department of Human Services operates 16 of the 20 VITA sites across the community. In addition, two mobile teams travel to assist taxpayers. To find a VITA location, taxpayers can call 2-1-1 or visit vitasa.org for more information
This year, the program will again offer SaveUSA for eligible taxpayers to enroll in a matched savings account during the tax preparation process. Through SaveUSA, participants receive a 50 percent match, up to $500, if they deposit at least $200 of their tax refund into a SaveUSA account and maintain the initial deposit for one year
The VITA program assists more than 34,000 San Antonio taxpayers each year. The success of the program is largely dependent on volunteers from the community. Recruitment of volunteers is continuing, and individuals can still sign up by calling the United Way 2-1-1 call center