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Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

2023: Prepared  1,252 income tax returns

2022: Prepared 921 income tax returns

Sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), VITA provides free income tax preparation assistance to individuals and families with a household income of $60,000 a year or less.

VITA helps taxpayers obtain all eligible tax credits and deductions, especially the Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, Education Tax Credits and Child Care tax deductions. By offering this service for free in Greenwood, Abbeville, McCormick, and Saluda Counties, we can help more individuals and families maximize their returns while achieving greater financial stability.

IRS-trained and -certified volunteers serve at over 40 locations across the Upstate to help participants receive all eligible tax credits and deductions. Clients arrive to their appointment, complete intake forms and provide necessary documentation to the volunteer tax preparer. Once the return is complete, another certified volunteer will review the return for accuracy then the entire return will be reviewed with the client.

With direct deposit, refunds typically arrive within 7–21 days when filed electronically.

Please bring the following documents to complete your tax return. Failure to bring all documents to your appointment may delay completion of your tax return.​

  • Picture ID for individual and spouse.

  • Original Social Security/Medicare card for all persons to be listed on a tax return or an ITIN card for those without Social Security card.

  • Birth dates of all persons listed on the tax return.

  • Any documentation received from IRS, including Child Tax Credit and Stimulus letters

  • All wage and earnings statements, for example, W-2 Form, Social Security Income (SSI), Pensions, Annuities, Unemployment Compensation, etc.

  • Any interest and dividend statements (any Form 1099s).

  • Copy of last year’s federal and state tax returns (if available).

  • Documentation supporting a claim to a dependent exemption due to dependents receiving support from multiple taxpayers (divorced or separated parents), for example, Form 8332, Form 2120, or other valid documentation.

  • Child care provider’s Name, Federal ID or Social Security Number, and address. Also, provide the amount paid for child care.

  • If you paid real estate tax on your home, bring your paid receipt. This is deductible even if you are taking the standard deduction.

  • If you are itemizing your deductions, please bring a summary listing of your deductions and supporting details/receipts.

  • If you are taking college courses to further your education for a job, and you paid the tuition, please bring the tuition receipt and any financial aid or student loan statements.

  • If you want to have your refund deposited into your checking or savings account, bring your account details (a check assigned to the specific account).

  • Forms 1095-A, B or C, Affordable Health Care Statements

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