United Way of Central Massachusetts, part of the Worcester Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Coalition, is excited to announce that the 2013 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites are scheduled to open starting at the end of January (site list and details attached). The VITA sites provide low- to middle- income working families in central Massachusetts with free tax preparation assistance.
The EITC is a federal tax refund for eligible working individuals and households. Through the EITC Coalition, United Way of Central Massachusetts is making this tax credit more accessible to those who need it most. Workers who qualify for the EITC and file an income tax return can receive a refund, even if they had no income tax liability for the given year.
United Way’s involvement in the EITC supports the Family Stability goal to reduce the child poverty rate in central Massachusetts by 10% by 2020. Each year, the EITC lifts more families out of poverty than any other federal aid program, providing families an opportunity to increase savings, reduce debt, and finance education or training programs. The EITC credits that go unclaimed by low-income workers represent millions of dollars of lost revenue that would otherwise boost local economies. Last year, the Worcester EITC processed more than 1,800 tax returns for free and returned more than $3 million to low- and moderate-income families in central Massachusetts.
United Way of Central Massachusetts connects people to resources to improve the community by focusing on the building blocks for a good life: Education, Family Stability, and Health. The Worcester EITC Coalition partners include: AllCom Credit Union, Assumption College, Bank of America, Bay State Savings Bank, City Manager’s Office of Economic Development, College of the Holy Cross, Community Builders/Plumley Village, Office of Congressman James P. McGovern, FDIC, Internal Revenue Service, Main South CDC, More Than Wheels, Quinsigamond Community College, Southeast Asian Coalition of Central Massachusetts, Unum, United Way of Central Massachusetts, Veterans Inc, WCCA TV-13, Worcester Community Action Council Inc, Worcester Housing Authority, and Worcester State University. More information about United Way of Central Massachusetts, the Worcester EITC Coalition, 2013 VISTA sites, and EITC eligibility requirements can be found on our website: www.unitedwaycm.org.
2013 VOLUNTEER INCOME TAX ASSISTANCE SITES
1. Main South Community Development Corporation, 875 Main Street, Worcester, MA, Phone: 508-752-6181
Opening Day: Monday, January 28, 2013. NEW Hours of Operation: Tuesday and Wednesday 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. with last appointment at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. with last appointment at 1:30 p.m. WALK-INS WELCOME. Types of returns: simple only.
2. Plumley Village, 16 Laurel Street, Worcester, MA, Phone: 508-770-0508
Opening Day: Saturday, February 2, 2013. Hours of Operation: Tuesday 4:00 – 7:00 with last appointment at 6:30 p.m.; Thursday 4:00 – 6:00 with last appointment at 5:30 p.m.; and Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. with last appointment at 2:30 p.m. Types of returns: simple only.
3. Worcester Community Action Council, 484 Main Street, Room 203, Worcester, MA, Phone: 508-754-1186 x 234
Opening Day: Monday, January 28, 2013. Hours of Operation: Monday through Wednesday 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. with last appointment at 6:00 p.m.; Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. with last appointment at 12:00 noon. Types of returns: homeowners, (not rental properties), Schedule “C”, pensions, senior circuit breakers, amended returns, 1099’s, 1040’s, and student.
4. Worcester State University, 486 Chandler Street, Sullivan Academic Building, Rm 206, Worcester, MA, Phone: 508-929-8424; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Opening Day: Monday, February 4, 2013. Hours of Operation: Monday and Wednesday 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Types of returns: Most common individual tax issues, itemized deductions, simple self-employment. NO rental properties.