Complex tax laws and complicated forms present a challenge for many people each year when income tax filings are due. The Internal Revenue Service understands that some people may not be able to pay a tax preparer, especially in these challenging times. That’s where the IRS’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program can help.
Established more than 50 years ago, the program offers free basic tax preparation help to:
- People who generally make $57,000 or less;
- Persons with disabilities; and
- Limited English-speaking taxpayers.
All VITA volunteers who prepare returns are trained in tax laws, privacy and confidentiality. They must also meet or exceed IRS standards to be certified in tax preparation. In addition, the IRS requires that every return prepared by a VITA volunteer undergo a quality review check prior to filing.
Hawaii FCU will continue to offer the services of its VITA volunteers to those in the community who qualify, even as the IRS reports that many VITA sites will be closed or not operating at full capacity this year.
“We have always been committed to serving our community,” said Steve Goo, Hawaii FCU President and CEO. “As we do our part to rebuild the state’s economy, we must also ensure assistance is provided to those in our community who are often overlooked and underserved.”
Appointments are being scheduled for February 1, 2021 through March 31, 2021. To schedule an appointment and obtain a list of documents to bring with you, please call Hawaii FCU at (808) 441-4285.