The United Way of Broome County reminds residents the annual “Volunteer Income Tax Assistance” or “VITA” free income tax preparation service is available.

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IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing for qualified individuals who earn less than $66,000 a year.

Last year, volunteers prepared over 15,000 returns and helped individuals and families receive a total of $2,647,432 in tax refunds.  Add onto that the estimated over $401,940 the IRS says those families would have been paying in tax preparation costs.

For information on eligibility requirements and to schedule, call 211 or 1-800-901-2180. Information is also available at www.uwbroome.org/vita

Appointments are being scheduled for February 3 through April 2 at Workforce NY and the United Way of Broome County.