Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program helps people file their taxes for free

CAP Services partners with the IRS to offer the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program to help people file their taxes completely free of charge.

“Recent changes in tax law will not affect filing in the current season,” said Erin Olson, CAP’s innovation and engagement coordinator. “Our focus remains on helping clients claim all the tax credits for which they’re eligible, which means more money in the pockets of families who need it, both in terms of savings and the refunds they receive.”

Olson said that taxpayers who utilized CAP’s program last year saved an average of more than $215 in filing fees. All told, households in Waupaca County saved $43,215 in fees and claimed over $250,000 in federal and state refunds. In Waushara County, households saved $45,580 in fees and claimed over $216,000 in federal and state refunds.

“We are dedicated to helping as many community members as we can and encourage taxpayers to be wary of preparers promising faster refunds through expensive financial products, like loans,” said Olson.

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