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VITA Program Offering Free Tax Prep. Services in RI

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

 

Beginning on Tuesday and staggered through the first week of February, twenty-nine statewide Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites are offering free tax preparation services to low- and middle-income working Rhode Islanders. Funded by United Way of Rhode Island (UWRI), the VITA program ensures that those who earn less than $52,000 annually have access to tax services in order to receive the money they are due in refunds and credits.

Each VITA site, which represents a community agency, are certified by the IRS and offered services during last year’s tax season. Participating agencies successfully applied for funding through UWRI for a three-year grant cycle beginning in 2014 and recruited and trained volunteer tax professional who will help taxpayers complete their income tax forms. Many of the sites will offer services in both English and Spanish, and returns will be filed electronically to expedite the return of refunds.

“The VITA program is an important resource for our working neighbors, particularly during these difficult economic times, as it provides access to the resources that put money back in their pockets,” said Anthony Maione, president & CEO of United Way of Rhode Island. “Not only will this initiative help stabilize households across our state, it will also bolster the economy—it’s truly a win-win effort.”

The VITA Initiative was launched locally in 2005 to help Rhode Islanders understand and take full advantage of the Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, Education Credit and refunds they are due. Over the past nine years. the VITA initiative has returned more than $92 million to working households.

In 2013, nearly 9,000 taxpayers took advantage of the program—more than any previous year—resulting in over $16 million returned to the economy.

Rhode Islanders looking to take advantage of the VITA program should review the list below or contact United Way 2-1-1 in Rhode Island by dialing 2-1-1 to find a VITA site in their community. Appointments are necessary at most sites and the program will continue through mid-April. Select sites offer evening and weekend hours.

Organizations offering free tax preparation services through the VITA program:

Bristol

Bristol EBCAP/St Mary Church

330 Wood Street

(401) 435-7876

Central Falls

Progreso Latino

626 Broad Street

(401) 728-5920

YWCA of Greater RI

43 Hawes Street

(401) 722-3010

Cranston

Comprehensive Community Action (Through 5/30/14)

311 Doric Avenue

(401) 467-7013

Cranston Senior Services

1070 Cranston Street

(401) 780-6130

 

East Providence

East Bay Community Action

100 Bullocks Point Avenue

(401) 435-7876

Johnston

Tri-Town Community Action

1126 Hartford Avenue

(401) 351-2750 x1915

Lincoln

Lincoln Public Library

114 Old River Road

(401) 766-2300

Newport

East Bay Community Action

19 Broadway

(401) 435-7876

Pawtucket

Blackstone Valley Community Action

32 Goff Avenue

(401) 723-4520 ext. 200

Project Hope

474 Broadway

(401) 728-0515

Woodlawn CDC

210 West Avenue

(401) 475-7632

Providence

Capital City Community Ctr.

1085 Chalkstone Avenue

(401) 455-3890

Capital Good Fund (Through 12/12/14)

56 Pine Street, 3rd Floor

(866) 584-3651

Center for Southeast Asians

270 Elmwood Avenue

(401) 274-8811 ext. 22

Dorcas International Institute

645 Elmwood Avenue

(401) 461-5940 ext. 8626

Federal Hill House

9 Courtland Street

(401) 421-4722

Johnson & Wales University (Available starting 3/6/14)

80 Johnson Hall (Corner of Chestnut and Pine)

(401) 598-4789

Olneyville Housing Corp.

66 Chaffee Street

(401) 351-8719 ext. 111

Open Doors

485 Plainfield Street

(401) 781-5808 ext. 116

ProCap Elmwood Community Center

85 Atlantic Avenue

(401) 654-4971 ext. 105

Providence Spanish Seventh Day Adventist Church

131 Elmwood Avenue

(401) 603-0327

Wakefield

South County Community Action

1935 Kingstown Road

(401) 789-3016 ext. 316

The Education Exchange

33 North Road, Unit C-1

(401) 783-0293

Warwick

Westbay Community Action

218 Buttonwoods Avenue

(401) 732-4666 ext. 121

Westerly

WARM

56 Spruce Street

(401) 596-9276

Westerly Public Library

44 Broad Street

(401) 596-0078

Woonsocket

Connecting for Children & Families

46 Hope Street

(401) 766-3384

Family Resources Community Action

245 Main Street

(401) 766-0900

 

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