INDIAN TRAIL – Common Heart volunteers are preparing to kick off the nonprofit’s annual free tax service with a new partner, Community Link.
This is the seventh year Common Heart has offered free tax services, but the first year partnering with Community Link for assistance with volunteer training and marketing.
Common Heart volunteers filed a record-breaking 529 state and federal income tax returns in 2017. The service saved residents an estimated $92,000 in tax preparation fees and got them more than $500,000 in total refunds.
“Our free tax service helps take the stress out of tax time and allows our hard-working neighbors to use the money they save on tax preparation fees for other needs, like school tuition, food, rent or medical bills,” Executive Director Keith Adams said. “We serve people from all walks of life – college students, teachers, hair stylists, retail staff, local government employees and retirees.”
Susan Ochs, volunteer site coordinator, said she’s excited to welcome familiar faces back and meet new friends.
“For those who we haven’t served before, I want them to know that yes, it really is free. There is no catch,” she said. “We prepare state and federal taxes, e-file them and they just have to sit back and wait for the return.”
Trained and certified volunteers complete taxes as part the national Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, or VITA.
Individuals and families with an annual household income of $54,000 or less are eligible for free assistance. Residents do not need to live in Union County to qualify.
The free service is available by appointment only 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays; and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays, Jan. 24 to April 11 (closed Feb. 3, March 3 and 31).
Call 704-761-8482 or visit www.Com munityLinkNC.org to make an appointment. Residents must specify they want their taxes done at Common Heart.
Email Susan.Ochs@CommonHeart.org to volunteer for the program.