For the fourth consecutive year, UNC Asheville volunteers will provide free tax assistance as part of the IRS VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program. Community residents with an income of $57,000 or less can have their income tax returns prepared for free. The tax preparation assistance team will be ready to prepare tax returns from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. every Saturday through April 5, in the Pack Memorial Library, 67 Haywood Street in downtown Asheville (except for March 15, when the university is on spring break). No appointment is necessary.
VITA volunteers are trained in tax laws and procedures, and confidentiality, and everyone working at a VITA site must pass the Volunteer Standards of Conduct exam. They use tax preparation software to prepare returns, and each return is then reviewed multiple times to ensure accuracy, according to Joe Sulock, UNC Asheville’s Cary Caperton Owen Professor of Economics who teaches the service-learning course students take to become VITA volunteers.
Preparation of both federal and state returns is offered; those seeking preparation assistance should bring all W2 and other relevant documents. Self-filers who meet income guidelines can use free tax preparation and filing software online at myfreetaxes.com/uncaFSA.