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Local volunteers offer free tax help

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) — Starting today, qualifying residents can get free tax help through the VITA program.

Taxpayers who made less than $56,000 in 2019 will qualify for free tax preparation, thanks to a United Way of Allen County partnership with the Volunteer Center and Catholic Charities Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend.

According to Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) officials, IRS certified volunteer tax preparers will be available to help residents file their taxes and claim available credits.

“As one of United Way’s focus areas is to help families gain financial stability, the VITA program is critical in helping our families save each dollar possible on their tax preparation fees,” Tiffany Bailey, VP of Community Impact at United Way of Allen County said in a written statement.

“By keeping those dollars in the pockets of our families it could mean the difference between paying bills to rebuild credit, building their savings, or furthering their education,” Bailey said.

The program will run from January 27 to April 13.

Allen County residents can contact the Volunteer Center at (260) 424-3505. Residents in DeKalb, Noble and Steuben counties can contact Catholic Charities at (260) 925-0917. You can also get information from their website.

See which documents you will need to bring with you and where to go here:

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