Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program provides income tax help to qualified individuals including low- and moderate income taxpayers ($54,000 or less in annual income), senior citizens, active duty military, persons with disabilities, and limited English speaking taxpayers. Those eligible for VITA services can have an IRS-certified volunteer prepare and electronically file their state and federal tax returns. All VITA services are provided free of charge.
The Meade County VITA program has been in existence for nine years. It is located at Muldraugh City Hall and is open from late January until mid-April each year. The Meade County VITA site prepared 248 federal tax returns resulting in tax refunds of $421,595 during the 2017 filing season.
VITA is sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service and local community partners including Muldraugh United Methodist Church, Meade County Adult Education, the United Way of Central Kentucky and the Green River Asset Building Coalition. The Tax Center is staffed by volunteer tax preparers.
This program combats poverty and provides financial stability to Meade County households. It does this by saving taxpayers the cost of tax preparation (generally $150-$300 per return), and ensures that taxpayers receive all credits and deductions for which they are eligible.
What can you do to make Meade County a stronger community? First, you can become a volunteer tax preparer. No prior tax or financial experience is required. Online tax training is available starting in mid-November and classroom training is available in January. Second, you can encourage your friends and employees to take advantage of this program if they qualify.
Please call the chamber office for information on how to reach Meade County VITA site coordinator, Dan Molnar, for more information.