Winters Residents Can Receive Free Tax Help At Local Center And Resource Fair
New website through United Way also helps local residents keep their tax refunds

News Release

January 10, 2014 – Winters households making less than $58,000 a year can receive help filing their taxes for free as part of the region’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program led by United Way California Capital Region. Those interested can visit Rural Innovation for Social Economics Inc., 201 First Street, Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Jan. 21-April 15. Appointments are required and can be made by calling (530) 794-6000. Residents also can visit the VITA Super Saturday Event happening Feb. 22 at the Winters Library.

As part of the VITA program, United Way has created www.KeepYourTaxRefund.com, an online tool helping local residents save money this tax season.

“We want people to keep more money in their pockets and make our community stronger by taking advantage of tax credits,” said Andy Sheehy, United Way senior vice president of reosurce development. “This website is an easy and effective way to file your taxes and save your money for what matters most to you.”

KeepYourTaxRefund.com’s filing tool is free to individuals or households making less than $58,000 a year. For those making more, the cost is less than $50. The website, which is powered by H&R Block software, saves users an average of $200 in tax preparation fees. Users will need a valid email address and income forms, such as a W2, 1099, 1098, etc. Those who need in-person help can schedule an appointment through the website to meet with a VITA volunteer who will help file their taxes for free, if they qualify, or they can visit the Winters locations.

United Way also is seeking volunteers to distribute information about VITA. No prior tax law experience is necessary. Schedules and locations are flexible. For more information about volunteering, contact United Way Volunteer Services at volunteer@uwccr.org .

United Way California Capital Region is spearheading the effort, along with partners including the IRS, Franchise Tax Board, 2-1-1, Asian Resources, Bank of America, CHOC Housing, City of Sacramento, Community Link, Goodwill Industries, Sacramento Coalition for Working Families, Sacramento News & Review, Sacramento Regional Transit, SAFE Credit Union and the Yolo Family Resource Center.

For 90 years, United Way California Capital Region has actively worked to address the community’s most pressing issues, now focusing on innovative solutions related to high school graduation rates, household financial stability and obesity. United Way’s team of nonprofits, businesses, donors and volunteers are working together to provide positive, measurable results on these issues through United Way projects: STAR Readers, $en$e-Ability and Fit Kids. Community members can give, volunteer and advocate in support of the causes they care most about, benefiting United Way and hundreds of nonprofits in Amador, El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento and Yolo counties. United Way is an independent, local affiliate of United Way Worldwide. For more information or to make a donation, visit www.yourlocalunitedway.org