Beginning on Saturday, Jan. 31, United Way of Southwest Alabama (UWSWA) and members of South Alabama Free Electronic (SAFE) Filing Coalition will kick-off tax season by providing free tax preparation assistance for qualifying individuals and families.

“We are excited to raise awareness about these tax preparation opportunities that help ensure everyone who is eligible receives the tax credits they have earned,” Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson said. “I would personally like to thank all of the community partners and volunteers who provide free tax preparation assistance. It truly takes the community coming together to help bring the most tax return money back to southwest Alabama.”

There are numerous Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) tax preparation sites located throughout southwest Alabama. These sites are manned by volunteers, trained by the IRS, who ask the needed questions to find out if tax payers qualify for the EITC and other refundable tax credits. Volunteers at VITA sites also prepare and electronically file tax returns at no cost for those with a household income of $53,000 or less. Taxpayers 60 years and over are eligible for free tax preparation through the TCE program.

Three sites will be available this “Super Saturday” for qualifying taxpayers to visit and take advantage of the opportunity to have their income tax returns filed for free. Those three locations are:
• Therapeutic and Senior Activity Senior located at 261 Rickarby Street, Mobile 36606, Phone: 251-219-0606
• Goodwill Easter Seals of the Gulf Coast located at 5013 Cottage Hills Road, Mobile 36609, Phone: 251-433-4900
• Mobile Community Action located at 461 Donald Street, Mobile 36617, Phone: 251-457-5700

Taxpayers who are interested in scheduling an appointment at one of these locations this Saturday should call the provided numbers. Schedules are required.

“Our community volunteers help you get EITC and the maximum refund you’re due. Our goal is to help you get the largest tax refund that you are eligible for,” stated UWSWA President and CEO Alan H. Turner II. “In total, nearly $4.2 million dollars were brought back into the community last year in tax refunds and rebates through these VITA sites. We encourage anyone who is wanting more information or to find a free tax preparation site nearest to them to call United Way’s 2-1-1 helpline. You just need to dial 2-1-1.”

Those with a household income of $60,000 or less are eligible to file their own tax return for free using name brand online software accessible through the MyFreeTaxes program. Tax payers should contact United Way’s 2-1-1 or visit www.uwswa.org for more information about the various free tax preparation opportunities available.