Get Help for Tax Season 2022 – Free Tax Preparation Resources | United Way NCA

Jan 24, 2022

by Holly Martinez

Free Resources for Tax Season 2022 Near Washington, DC

Tax season 2022 is upon us! For many in the National Capital Area, it can be a confusing time. There are many questions on how to file taxes correctly, which tax credits apply to each individual and their families, when to expect refunds and much more. Through United Way of the National Capital Area’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, community members can receive free tax assistance and preparation.

VITA is tax counseling for community members who need it most. Through the VITA program, IRS-certified VITA tax volunteers provide free, basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals. VITA can be accessed by most community members but eligibility and credit amount depends on your income, family size and other factors.

If you earn less than $57,000 annually, you may be eligible for low-income tax assistance and qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). The EITC helps low- to moderate-income workers and their families get a tax break. A tax credit usually means more money in your pocket because it reduces the amount of tax you owe, resulting in a bigger refund. The EITC is an important tool in lifting community members out of poverty.

For more information on how to benefit from VITA programs, click here, and if you are interested in becoming a VITA volunteer, sign up here.

United Way NCA’s five Financial Empowerment Centers (FECs) throughout the National Capital Area offer VITA services and more throughout tax season and beyond. Find more information on our FECs below.

Financial Empowerment Centers Near Washington, DC

Through United Way NCA, FECs are open to the public throughout the region, providing services to help individuals and families advance on a path toward economic opportunity.

Financial Empowerment Centers offer direct access to high-quality financial services and guidance in a welcoming, professional environment at no cost. Individuals and families who have struggled to find solutions with traditional banks have a trusted resource in these centers to help them gain greater control over their personal finances.

FEC locations can be found throughout the DMV, including South Fairfax County, Prince George’s County, Prince William County, Washington, DC and Montgomery County.

For more details on services offered at United Way NCA’s FECs, click here.

By providing a convenient pathway to financial solutions, the FECs are helping to achieve one of United Way NCA’s most critical objectives—enabling members of the community to achieve greater economic opportunity for themselves and their households. When none are ignored, all will thrive.

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