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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Free Income Tax help available

  • NORTHEAST PA - Individuals, families and senior citizens with household income last year of less than $51,000 in Wayne and Pike Counties can receive free assistance in completing and filing their federal, state and local tax returns through the University of Scranton's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program and the United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties.
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  • NORTHEAST PA - Individuals, families and senior citizens with household income last year of less than $51,000 in Wayne and Pike Counties can receive free assistance in completing and filing their federal, state and local tax returns through the University of Scranton's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program and the United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties.
    Appointments are available at Woodloch Pines (York Room, 731 Welcome Lake Rd., Hawley) on Feb. 8 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. and at the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce (32 Commercial St., Honesdale) on March 1 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Appointments are also available at the Forest City Fire Hall (380 Railroad St., Forest City) on Feb. 28 from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.. Additionally, appointments are available in Taylor, Peckville, Moscow, Carbondale and Clarks Summit. For a complete schedule, please visit www.uwlc.net.
    To schedule an appointment online, visit the United Way's website at UWLC.NET. If you are unable to make your appointment online, call the United Way at (570) 504-0614 or email abassani@uwlc.net. There is no charge for this service.
    Beginning in February, walk-in, no appointment required tax service is also available through this program at the University of Scranton's Brennan Hall on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.; Tuesdays from Noon – 6 p.m. and Fridays from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Please note: No tax preparation service is offered at the University of Scranton from March 13 - 24. The regular schedule resumes on March 25. A "Super Sunday" is scheduled to kick-off the tax season at Brennan Hall on February 2 with appointments available from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    In the last six years, VITA program volunteers have prepared more than 8,400 tax returns with more than $1 million in fee savings for the tax clients, $2 million in Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) dollars returned to the community and $6.5 million in Federal Income Tax refunds infusing the local economy and the budgets of hard-working area families.
    "Far too many hard-working families in our community are walking a financial tightrope," noted Gary Drapek, president of the United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties. "The VITA program and our dedicated volunteers help these families and individuals become more financially stable and economically independent."
    Through the VITA program, individuals and families with a household income less than $51,000 last year can save an average of $200 by having their taxes prepared at no cost and with none of the fees and interest charges associated with such products as refund anticipation loans and some costly tax preparation services. In addition, the University students and IRS certified volunteers serving as tax preparers help hundreds of people each year receive every tax benefit available to them such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit.
    Page 2 of 2 - "The VITA program directly helps local families and individuals not only get by, but potentially get ahead and enjoy more financial stability," Mr. Drapek said.
    Tax clients need to bring: valid photo identification; all W2 forms; 1099 documents (interest, dividends, pensions); Social Security Numbers or Individual Tax Identification Numbers (ITIN) for yourself and all dependents including children; completed W-7 documents as appropriate; last year's return (optional, but helpful); any records relating to income and expenses; personal bank account information (for direct deposit in bank account with electronic filing); and real estate tax receipts (if applicable).
    For a complete schedule and list of required documents, please visit uwlc.net or contact the United Way at (570) 504-0614.

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