Macon-Bibb residents can take advantage of free tax filing services provided by the Volunteer Tax Assistance (VITA) program as the tax deadline approaches in April.
MACON, Ga. (41NBC/WMGT) – Macon-Bibb residents can take advantage of free tax filing services provided by the Volunteer Tax Assistance (VITA) program as the tax deadline approaches in April.
The program has been in operation in Macon Bibb for four years and has saved residents up to $24,000 in tax return fees. In addition, VITA has helped residents obtain more than $108,716 in federal funds.
VITA works with students at the Charles Schwab Institute in Athens to help Macon-Bibb residents file their taxes while training for IRS certification. All documents are reviewed by a certified IRS supervisor and stored securely.
“We are finalizing tax returns for individuals, spouses and joint heads of household,” said Family and Consumer Affairs Agent Keyshawn Thomas. “Unfortunately, we do not collect military or business taxes, but we can file your individual federal and state taxes.”
Thomas encourages residents to take advantage of the program because it can save them an average of $300 a year compared to using a well-known tax collection company. VITA agents also instruct clients on deductions, budgeting and investing.
The VITA program is located at the UGA Cooperative Extension office located at 715 Oglethorpe Street.
Appointments are accepted until March 30. To learn more about the VITA program and make an appointment, call (478) 751-6338 or email Keyshan Thomas at ThomasKJ@UGA.edu.