Now taking appointments for free VITA tax preparation service

Pittsboro, NC – The Chatham County Council on Aging encourages eligible residents to avoid unnecessary fees this tax season by relying on VITA tax preparation service. All VITA services include FREE electronic filing for both federal and state tax returns.

VITA-Free-Tax-PrepThe IRS-sponsored Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program will begin its free service on February 9 for Chatham and Orange Counties. VITA is available to clients with low to moderate income, regardless of age or county residency, as long as eligibility guidelines are met.

Appointments can be made by calling the number listed below. Please leave your name and number for a return call. Appointment schedulers will help to determine your eligibility and provide information such as documents to bring.

Allow two hours for each appointment. Additional information will be available in January at local libraries and online.

IRS-certified volunteers are trained to prepare computerized federal and state tax returns for eligible clients. Returns are filed electronically at no charge. Each return is reviewed for accuracy and to determine that the return is complete with all applicable deductions and credits, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).

There will be many changes to the North Carolina tax law, including deductions and credits. Clients with lengthy returns may have to go to a paid preparer. Non-English-speaking clients must bring an interpreter with them if their appointment to the Chatham County Senior Centers.

Chatham County Appointment Contact Number:   919.542.4512

Chatham County Appointment Dates
Eastern Senior Center – Pittsboro: Tuesdays – Feb 9 – April 12
                      Saturdays – Feb 6 – April 9 (except 2/20 and 3/19)
Western Senior Center – Siler City: Wednesdays – Feb 10 – April 13
                                   Saturdays – Feb 20 and March 19

Chatham County Appointment Times (No walk-ins)
Eastern Senior Center – Pittsboro:  Tuesdays – Hourly from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Saturdays – Hourly from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Western Senior Center – Siler City:  Wednesdays – Hourly from 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Limited Saturdays 10 am – 3 pm  (see above)

Chatham and Orange Counties have provided VITA assistance for more than 30 years with support from the following local sponsors: Chatham County Council on Aging, VC55+-VITA – part of Volunteer Connect 55+, a division of the Orange County Government Department on Aging, the Compass Center for Women and Families, United Way of the Greater Triangle and the IRS.