The Commission on Economic Opportunity as lead agency, in partnership with the United Way of Wyoming Valley, announces that appointment calls are now being taken for the upcoming tax season by calling 570 825-0968. The program is coordinated through the Luzerne County Free File Tax Coalition under the auspices of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA), with assistance from the Area Agency on Aging and the Volunteer Action Center RSVP Program.
The VITA Program offers free tax help to people who make $54,000 or less and need assistance in preparing their tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers, provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals in local communities. Local and tax rebate forms of those who get their taxes prepared must be filed by the individual through the mail; these cannot be e-filed. The tax preparers can inform taxpayers about special tax credits for which they may qualify such as Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, and Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled and information regarding their Affordable Care Act participation, if eligible.
Locations for this year’s VITA sites have changed. Taxes will be prepared at the following locations by appointment only:
-The Wilkes-Barre Mega Center (note address change), 156 Amber Lane, Wilkes-Barre–call 570 825-0968 for an appointment.
-Pittston Active Adult (Senior) Center, 441 N. Main St., Pittston–call 570 655-5561 for an appointment.
-Rose Tucker Active Adult (Senior Center), 145 E. Green St., Nanticoke,–call 570 825-0968 for an appointment.
-Commission on Economic Opportunity, St. Gabe’s Bldg, Hazleton, 142 S. Wyoming St., Hazleton–call 570 825-0968 for an appointment.
VITA volunteers are unable to complete complicated tax returns and may make referrals to a paid professional. Due to the popularity of this program, phone lines will be busy so taxpayers are asked to leave their name and telephone number where they can be reached. A volunteer will return their call to schedule an appointment.