Social Services

Free Program Helps Families Navigate Child Tax Credit

Written by Mindia Whittier

Services are available at 14 locations in Tarrant County.

Individuals and families with a household income of $60,000 or less have access to a free tax preparation service through April 29 this tax season.

United Way of Tarrant County’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program features IRS-certified volunteers trained to determine whether taxpayers qualify for either Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) or the Child Tax Credit (CTC). The service helps clients maximize their refund potential.

“The VITA program makes it possible for families to have this individualized care with their tax returns without paying an out-of-pocket fee,” said Dr. Faye Beaulieu, Senior Vice President of Community Investment for United Way of Tarrant County.

The endeavor supports Tarrant County residents with financial stability and resiliency. Since VITA was brought to Tarrant County 12 years ago, the program has helped residents secure more than $138 million in total tax refunds, filed more than 75,624 tax returns and saved residents over $20 million in tax preparation fees.

United Way of Tarrant County has served the community since 1922. The nonprofit brings together individuals, groups, donors and service providers to help solve some of the toughest social issues affecting the region. Each year, the organization helps more than 300,000 people.

Tax center locations can be found at www.unitedwaytarrant.org/vita.

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Mindia Whittier