FULTON, NY Ã¢â‚¬â€œ The United Way of Greater Oswego County is partnering with community-based organizations, including SUNY Oswego, to offer free tax preparation and help raise awareness of a program that in recent years has benefited hundreds of families throughout Oswego County.
The Earned Income Tax Credit program, a federally funded, anti-poverty initiative, has the potential to provide seniors and low-income families with some much needed extra money that can make a real difference in their quality of life.
One the collaborating partners with the United Way is the School of Business at SUNY Oswego.
Their Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program provides free income tax filing.
All volunteers are certified by the IRS and handle all of the manual work of filing the income tax returns.
The SUNY School of Business provides the volunteers with the computers and necessary software to prepare the tax returns.
The students are also well versed on the EITC program and will apply for the program when applicable.
VITA also has the capability of filing returns electronically so that those who use their services can receive their returns even quicker.
All services offered through VITA are free of charge.
Students from the SUNY Oswego VITA program will be available to offer free tax preparation at the following locations:
The Oswego City Library, Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m. now through April 10. The service will not be available March 13 and 20.
The Oswego County Workforce Center, Route 481, across from MimiÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s in Fulton, Tuesdays from 4 to 7 p.m. now through April 13.
For more information on the EITC program and free help with tax preparations, call the United Way at 593-1900 or RSVP at 312-2317.