Tax season is almost here, and once again this year there's an opportunity for people in central Virginia to get free help filling out all the forms.
A coalition of organizations in the area is providing free tax help to low and moderate income families and individuals. Volunteers are set up at 12 sites throughout Albemarle, Nelson, Greene and Fluvanna.
To qualify, you must make less than $51,000 a year. Last year volunteers saved $3 million for 2,000 people in Central Virginia.
"The great thing about the program is not only getting taxes done for free but also having an expert look at each situation and determine what credit each might be eligible for, especially the earned income tax credit which many people aren't aware of," said Barbara Hutchinson, the director of community initiatives for United Way.
Program coordinators say you can save up to $300 in tax preparation fees alone by using the free service instead of a tax-prep company.
Taxes can't be submitted until January 30, but volunteers are already filling out forms now. In order to get the tax help, you must bring your W-2, social security cards, and any other identification or paperwork. Click here for more on how to sign up.