For immediate release: January 5, 2018
PUEBLO VOLUNTEER INCOME TAX ASSISTANCE (VITA) PROGRAM BEGINS ELEVENTH YEAR FEBRUARY 6, ADDS TWO NEW LOCATIONS
Pueblo Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program, a financial stability program of United Way of Pueblo County, opens the tax season for the eleventh year beginning Monday, February 6. The program offers five free tax preparation sites and three special tax event days throughout Pueblo County. The service offers free tax preparation and e-filing services for qualifying families and individuals with an annual household income of $55,000 or below and will run through April 14.
Location changes are the biggest news for the Pueblo VITA Program this year. The previous sites at Dolores Huerta Preparatory High School and Fulton Heights Recreation Center have been relocated to Intellitec College and Patrick A. Lucero Library respectively.
In addition for the 2018 season, three special tax event days will be held on Saturday, March 10 and April 14 at Rawlings Library and Thursday, March 19 at Pueblo Diversified Industries. The PDI session will be open to PDI clients and staff only.
Pueblo VITA Sites:
- Steelworks Center of the West, 215 Canal St. – Monday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
- Patrick A. Lucero Library, 1315 E. 7th St. – Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
- Intellitec College, 3673 Parker Blvd – Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 4 - 7 p.m. (site closed on March 20 and March 22 for Spring Break)
- Rawlings Library, 100 E. Abriendo, 3rd Floor Training Room – Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
- Pueblo West Library, 298 S. Joe Martinez Blvd – Friday from 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Special Tax Event Days
- Saturday, March 10 & Saturday, April 14
- Rawlings Library – 100 E. Abriendo, 3rd Floor Training Room
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
- Thursday, March 19
- Pueblo Diversified Industries – 2828 Granada Blvd
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
PDI Clients & Staff Only
IRS-Certified volunteers at the sites prepare and e-file both federal and state income tax returns. No appointments are necessary and individuals will be served on a first come-first served basis.
Taxpayers should bring all income information, including W-2s, 1099s, mortgage and child care documentation necessary for all deductions and any additional pertinent information. Taxpayers who choose to have refunds direct deposited will need to supply bank account and routing information. In addition, all taxpayers must have a social security card for anyone being claimed on the return as well as photo identification for the primary taxpayer(s). Students would wish to have their taxes filed by the VITA Program should verify that they are not being claimed by their parents or guardians as a dependent on their taxes.
The VITA Program is an Internal Revenue Service program established nationwide over 30 years ago. The VITA Program focuses on the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Care Tax Credit, Tax Credit for the Elderly (TCE) as well as tuition and other key credits. The VITA Program is unable to process returns for businesses or returns including rental property, farm property, and/or royalties.
The Pueblo VITA program is made possible by United Way of Pueblo County and is sponsored in part by the City of Pueblo and the County of Pueblo through CSAC.
Last tax season, the program processed 1,250 income tax forms. A staggering $1,808,000 was brought back into the Pueblo community through refunds and an estimated $125,000 was realized in preparation savings to the taxpayers.
Contact 719-296-8768 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or visit www.pueblounitedway.org/vita for detailed documentation requirements and site listing.