Things to know about free tax help

Each year millions of people have their tax returns prepared for free by IRS-certified Volunteers. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) provides free tax help in many communities across the country including West Virginia.

Here are things you want to know about the VITA program:

– The IRS sponsors the VITA program and works with community organizations to train/certify volunteers.

– The VITA program offers free tax help and return preparation to people who generally earn less than $51,000.

– The VITA program is the fourth-largest tax preparer in the nation.

– The VITA program provides free electronic filing. Both Federal and State returns are prepared. An e-filed tax return means an accurate return. E-file combined with direct deposit is the fastest way to get your refund.

– Using VITA can help ensure that you get all the tax credits and deductions you may qualify to claim. Credits could include the Earned Income Tax Credit, the Child Tax Credit and the Credit for the Elderly.

– Hundreds of VITA sites are opening in West Virginia in late January or early February for electronic filing to the IRS.

– VITA can now offer at many sites the option to prepare your own simple federal and state tax return. Again, the use of the software is of no charge to the taxpayer.

– North Central West Virginia VITA site information is available at; dialing 2-1-1 or calling 304-502-3434.

The Randolph County VITA sites are:

– Catholic Charities of West Virginia, at 103 Randolph Avenue in Elkins. Appointments only. Call 304-636-4875.

– North Central West Virginia CAA, at 938 S Davis Ave. in Elkins. Appointments only. Call 304-636-5008.

– Five Forks Public Library in Mill Creek. Walk-Ins welcome on Feb. 7 from 10 a.m – 6 p.m. and on Feb. 8 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

For more information, call3 04-636-5008.