This year's annual free tax service is OPEN with new partner, Community Link!
This is the seventh year Common Heart has offered free tax services, but the first year partnering with fellow nonprofit Community Link in Charlotte for assistance with volunteer training, marketing and more. Taxes are completed by trained and certified volunteers as part of the national Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, or VITA, program. Appointments are available through April 11.
Individuals and families with an annual household income of $54,000 or less are eligible for the free assistance. Residents do not need to live in Union County to qualify. Residents who would like to do their own taxes can do so for free through the program online at www.MyFreeTaxes.com.
In 2017, Common Heart volunteers filed a record-breaking 529 state and federal income tax returns. The service saved residents an estimated $92,000 in tax preparation fees and got them more than $500,000 in total refunds.
“Our free tax service helps take the stress out of tax time and allows our hard-working neighbors to use the money they save on tax preparation fees for other needs, like school tuition, food, rent or medical bills,” Executive Director Keith Adams said. “We serve people from all walks of life – college students, teachers, hair stylists, retail staff, local government employees and retirees.”
The free service is available through April 11 by appointment only Tuesdays 3-8 p.m.; Wednesdays 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. and walk-ins are accepted Saturdays from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. (Closed March 3 and 31).
To make an appointment, call 704-761-8482 or visit www.CommunityLinkNC.org. Don't forget to tell them you want your taxes done at Common Heart!
Volunteer Site Coordinator Susan Ochs says she's excited to welcome familiar faces back and meet new friends, too.
“For those who we haven't served before, I want them to know that yes, it really is free. There is no catch,” she said. “We prepare state and federal taxes, e-file them and they just have to sit back and wait for the return.”
To volunteer to become trained for the program, email Susan.Ochs@CommonHeart.org.