Tax season can be very stressful for those who are struggling. Finding someone to complete and file taxes reliably, at a fair cost, can be hard. And the idea of sorting through personal finances when money is tight can add a high level of stress. Of course, avoiding filing could lead to some negative consequences:
Missing out on much-needed (and deserved) tax refunds
Penalties or fines
CEO wants to make it as easy as possible for you to file your tax returns. That is why CEO offers the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, which provides free tax help to working families who cannot prepare their own tax returns.
VITA’s volunteers are trained to complete your tax return accurately, accessing credits like the Earned Income Tax Credit. The VITA program can complete both Federal and State tax returns and is able to e-file for a faster refund. VITA workers can also link you with banking resources and financial education. The program collaborated with United Way and the CASH Coalition.
To be eligible for VITA services, in 2017:
Your household income was less than $54,000
You worked in New York State
You did not receive income from rental property
You did not receive military pay
You did not sell a house, stocks, bonds or other financial assets
And, if you are self-employed, you did not have any employees or inventor/depreciation/ business expenses worth more than $5,000
For more information on the VITA program, please contact:
Renata Gwozdz, Community Services Manager Phone: (518) 272-6012 ext. 242