United Way’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program filed 8,612 tax returns for Upstate families and individuals in 2023 for a total economic impact of $13,292,383.
Sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), VITA provides free in-person income tax preparation assistance to individuals and families with a household income of less than $60,000 a year. VITA volunteers are trained and certified by the IRS to help taxpayers maximize their potential tax returns by ensuring all of the tax credits and deductions for which they qualify are claimed.
“We are so proud of the impact of our incredible VITA staff and devoted team of volunteers who have dedicated the past several months to serving our neighbors,” said United Way Vice President of Community Impact Nalisha Henry. “Having access to these free services, as well as all eligible tax credits and deductions, helps thousands of individuals across the Upstate save millions in filing fees each year and pays huge dividends for our local economy.”
With 17 years of service in Greenville County and the surrounding area, United Way’s VITA program has filed nearly 130,000 returns since its first season in 2007, saving over $24 million in preparation fees and maximizing tax credits and refunds for a total impact of nearly $175 million for Upstate individuals and families.
Volunteers are essential to helping people access VITA services. With over 40 locations across the Upstate, you can volunteer where it is most convenient for you. All sites vary in service hours and there is no minimum requirement to volunteer. No prior experience is necessary and training is free. Volunteer recruitment for the 2024 tax season will begin in the fall of 2023. Visit unitedwaygc.org/vita-volunteer to learn more.