Appointments Available for Free Tax Prep Program Set to Kick Off 15th Year of Service

The annual Pueblo Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program will open Monday, February 15 with five appointment only, drop-off tax site locations throughout Pueblo County.  Taxpayers with a total annual household income of $55,000 or less can take advantage of the free program in its 15th year.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the program will be in an appointment only and drop-off format through April 13. Appointments can be made at least 24 hours prior to the requested service date at www.pueblounitedway.org/vita or by calling 719-225-8580.  Masks must be worn and all COVID-19 protocols followed to receive service.

2021 tax season drop-off days, locations, and hours:

  • Mondays – Minnequa Park Apartments, 1400 E. Orman – 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. beginning Feb. 15
  • Tuesdays – Patrick A. Lucero Library, 1315 E. 7th St. – 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. beginning Feb. 16
  • Wednesdays – Rawlings Library, 100 E. Abriendo Ave., 3rd floor training room – 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. beginning Feb. 17
  • Thursdays – Premier Members Credit Union, 1825 Hood Ave. –12 – 3:00 p.m. beginning Feb. 18
  • Fridays – Power Credit Union – Pueblo West, 120 S. Crescent Dr. – 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. beginning Feb. 19

In addition, special tax days have been added to accommodate taxpayers on three Saturdays by appointment only at Power Credit Union located at 1615 E. Evans Ave., from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 27, March 27; and April 10.

IRS-trained volunteers work with clients to identify tax credits that are often overlooked, while helping people avoid the high cost of paid preparers and predatory lending to advance returns. Detailed information can be found at www.pueblounitedway.org/vita.

The Pueblo VITA Program is partially funded by the Community Services Advisory Council (CSAC) and administrated by United Way of Pueblo County. Last year the program shifted to a drop-off format amid the COVID-19 pandemic to process more than 1,100 income tax forms, bringing over $1,725,000 back into the Pueblo community through refunds and an estimated $136,500 was realized in preparation savings to the taxpayers. Special thanks to the program’s many stakeholders and volunteers, without their donations of space, time and equipment, VITA would not be able to offer this critical service to the community.

 

For more information, contact Program Coordinator Judith Boudreaux at 719-296-8768.