Employers legally have until Thursday to mail W-2 forms to workers, but volunteers in Brownwood will be setting up shop Monday offering a free tax filing service.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, or VITA, will be available from 1 until 6:30 p.m. Mondays, and 1 until 4:30 p.m. each Wednesday and Thursday through March 1 at the Adams Street Community Center.
Beginning March 5 and until April 13, hours and days of operation will be 1 to 4:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays only.
Regular paper filing and E-Filing are available without charge to those in the low to moderate income level bracket, who are disabled, non-English speaking or are senior citizens.
In order to file, people must bring Social Security cards for themselves and dependents, all W-2s, 1099s, any and all other income statements and a copy of their last year’s return to the Adams Street Community Center. People are assisted on a first-come-first-served basis, and may have to wait.
Marie Atkins, long time VITA volunteer, said this year there is a one-time “telephone tax” refund of $30 for one exemption and a maximum of $60 for four or more exemptions available to anyone who paid federal long distance taxes on a landline, cell phone or voice over Internet protocol service.
Atkins said most people are eligible for the refund, even those who normally would not file a return.
“Since our service is free, I don’t know if we’ll be busier than we’ve been in the past because people will want to take advantage of the refund, or if most people will think it’s not enough to bother with,” Atkins said.
“Either way, if they come in, we’ll help them.”