Free tax returns if you earn $53,000 or less

Tax season is upon us and United Way of Yuma County offers to complete federal and state tax returns for no cost at all.

United Way of Yuma County’s Karina Jones said, “Anyone who lives in Yuma county and makes an income of fifty three thousand or less can get their taxes done for free.”

It’s part of their VITA program, which stands for volunteer income tax assistance. It’s a very simple process, you just need to bring a few items with you.

Jones said, “Driver’s license, social security card, W2’s, if you’re filing a joint tax return your spouse needs to be present. If you want it directly deposited, you need to bring a voided check too.” The volunteers are specially trained to help residents receive credits and deductions that often get overlooked.

Jones said, “All of the volunteers are IRS certified, you can ask any of them the training is pretty rigorous”

Jones said, “Not only are we putting more money into peoples pockets by not charging them to get their taxes for free, but the volunteers are trained to look for as many credits and deductions as possible.”

For example, the earned income tax credit can be overlooked. Jones says people can save almost six thousand dollars on the EITC credit alone.

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