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United Way offering free tax help to low-income families

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) -- Tax season is in full swing. The United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg is now offering free tax preparation services and financial guidance to families and individuals earning $55,000 or less.

They have opened 15 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites across the region. They are open at different times and days in order to accommodate a variety of schedules. About 950 people have filed taxes at VITA sites since operations began on Jan. 29.

United Way’s team of IRS-certified volunteer tax preparers assist taxpayers with completing and electronically filing their federal and state returns. United Way also uses the program to provide financial advice that helps taxpayers with ways to save, financial best practices and plans for achieving financial independence. It also helps eligible taxpayers take advantage of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), a tax-saving benefit for those with low to moderate income.

“Our tax assistance program promotes financial stability and well-being, one of United Way’s Nine Steps to Success,” said James Taylor, President & CEO of United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg.

“For more than 15 years, we’ve been able to help low-to-moderate-income families save money through their tax refund by taking advantage of the Earned Income Tax Credit. By working with United Way, clients are able to receive their full refund without paying fees for tax preparations services and refund anticipation loans.”

Site Name

Address

Operating Dates

Days

Times

Notes

Charles City County

Charles City Commissioner of the Revenue

10780 Courthouse Road, Room 103

Charles City, VA 23030

March 7 – April 12

Monday – Friday

9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Charles City residents only;

By appointment only: (804)652-2162

Chesterfield County

Chesterfield at Meadowdale Library

4301 Meadowdale Blvd

North Chesterfield, VA 23234

February 5 – April 9

Tuesday

noon-5 p.m.

 

Goochland

Goochland Cares

2999 River Road West

Goochland, VA 23063

February 6 – April 10

Wednesday & 2nd Tuesday of each month

Tuesday –

4-7 p.m.

(2/12, 3/12 & 4/9)

Wednesday –

9 a.m.-noon

1-4 p.m.

Goochland residents only;

By appointment only: (804)556-6260

Hanover County

Hanover Department of Social Services

12304 Washington Highway

Ashland, VA 23005

February 5 – April 9

Tuesday

5-7 p.m.

 

Henrico County

Fairfield Library

1001 N. Laburnum Avenue

Henrico, VA 23223

February 2 – March 9

Saturday

9 a.m.-1 p.m.

 

Libbie Mill Library

2100 Libbie Lake East Street

Richmond, VA 23230

February 6 – April 11

Wednesday & Thursday

4-8 p.m.

 

Petersburg

Peoples Advantage Federal Credit Union

110 Wagner Road,

Petersburg, VA 23805

February 4 – April 15

Monday, Tuesday

& Wednesday

DROP OFF SERVICE

Monday & Tuesday –

8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Wednesday –

10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

APPOINTMENTS

Tuesday:

5-7 p.m.

Call (804) 748-3081 for appointment.

Richmond City

Blackwell Community Center

300 East 15th Street

Richmond, VA 23224

January 28 – April 3

Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday

6-8 p.m.

Closed when Richmond City Schools close

CAPUP Richmond

1103 Oliver Hill Way

Richmond, VA 23219

February 1 – April 12

Monday, Friday & Saturday (1st& 3rd of each month only)

Monday –

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Friday –

9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Saturday –

9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

 

HumanKind

908 North Thompson Street, 1st Floor

Richmond, VA 23230

February 14 – April 11

Thursday

12:30-4:30 p.m.

Drop-off Service only. By appointment only: (804) 461-3585

Neighborhood Resource Center

1519 Williamsburg Road

Richmond, VA 23231

February 2 – April 2

Tuesday & Saturday

Tuesday –

6:30-8:30 p.m.

(2/5, 2/19, 3/5, 3/19 & 4/2)

Saturday –

9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

(2/2, 2/16, 3/2, 3/16 & 3/30)

 

Richmond Department of Social Services at Southside Plaza

4100 Hull Street Richmond, VA 23224

February 5 – April 3

Tuesday & Wednesday

2-6 p.m.

 

Sacred Heart Center

1400 Perry Street

Richmond, VA 23224

February 11 – April 15

Monday & Wednesday

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Spanish Speaking location

University of Richmond (Downtown campus)

626 East Broad Street

Richmond, VA 23219

February 5 – April 11

Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday

Tuesday and Thursday

3:45-7:00 p.m.

Saturday –

9:45 a.m.-1p.m.

(2/9, 2/23, 3/2, 3/23 & 4/6)

Closed 3/12 & 3/14

Virginia Commonwealth University (School of Business Building)

301 West Main Street

Richmond, VA 23284

March 17 – April 13

Saturday

9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Foreign Student/International Only OR Self-Prep

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