Non-profit organization helps file taxes for free

Non-profit organization helps file taxes for free

United Way is helping Region 8 residents file their taxes for free.

The non-profit organization is able to do this through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.

This is the sixth year United Way and VITA teamed up to help the community during tax season.

The event went from being held one day a year, to individual appointments all tax season long. There are appointments available until the middle of March.

“We thought that could be a way that we could help out a lot of people and get money back in here in Region 8 so that is why we kind of started the whole thing,” United Way Executive Director Nanette Heard said.

A-State student Makyla McDougal said helping others is just as rewarding for her as it is for them.

“It feels good at the end of the day when you have the people coming in here and they thank you for doing this for them ‘cause they wouldn't be able to do it any other way,” McDougal said.

The Internal Revenue Service in Little Rock said many refunds go unclaimed in Arkansas. United Way hopes to change that with this event.

To find out more about the VITA program you can call United Way at (870) 935-3658.

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