The local Durham volunteer network has posted the schedule for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program on their website. Free tax preparation is available at several sites throughout Durham, NC.
You can see a full list of locations and the schedule for free tax prep by clicking this link:
You may also call the Duke Law Info Hotline for an updated calendar at (919) 613-8526.
Across the state of North Carolina, the State Employees Credit Union is also offering free tax prep through VITA at all of its branches. SECU is also offering a Tax Refund Express Loan, which allows filers immediate access to their refund, but with much lower fees than they would pay at most tax preparation locations.
See information at SECU tax prep at http://www.ncsecu.org/Services/VITAFreeTaxPreparation.html
There is an income limit for eligibility – in 2008, it was $42,000 per household. I have been encouraging those interested in buying their first home with Self-Help CDC to take advantage of this program. Free tax preparation allows filers to avoid the fees charged by tax preparers for refund anticipation loans and other high fee products. Filers still receive their refund quickly (8-15 days with direct deposit to their bank account). In many cases, this refund is enough to help them purchase a Self-Help home.
Don't live in Durham or in North Carolina? VITA is a nationwide program. Visit the IRS website for more information.
Please help spread the word about free tax prep!