The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced that the nation's tax season will start on Friday, February 12, 2021, when the tax agency will begin accepting and processing 2020 tax year returns. VITA appointments will begin on February 10, 2021. Those with appointments prior to February 12, 2021 will need to schedule another appointment on or after February 12, 2021 to review and sign their return with VITA, to comply with the IRS and guarantee that no tax laws have changed your tax return refund or balance owed.
Individuals may begin making their appointments for free tax prep on January 25, 2021. Appointments can be made online by clicking here or by calling 615-890-7940. The appointments will take place between February 10- April 14, 2021.
Click here to learn more about the 2021 changes from the IRS.
FREE TAX PREP SITES- BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to households that earned $66,000 or less in the previous year. VITA is a financial stability initiative of the United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties.
At VITA Sites, IRS-certified United Way volunteers provide free, basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals.
In 2020, VITA volunteers helped file over 1,000 returns, resulting in an economic impact of over $1.8 million.
THE EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT (EITC)
The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) helps working families in our community keep more of their hard-earned income and pay for things like childcare, groceries, and car repairs to get to work. One in five who are eligible for the EITC are leaving money on the table – money that can make a big difference in paying bills and putting food on the table. Households earning $66,000 or less can file their taxes for free at a VITA site during tax season or utilize MyFreeTaxes.com.