The United Way of South Texas launched its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program for the seventh consecutive year.

Eligible applicants to benefit from the VITA program include families and individuals with a household income of $54,000 or less (a predetermined income level set by the IRS annually).

In 2017, 304 volunteers from 20 entities offered free income tax preparation for 3,818 households and brought in a total refund of $7.5 million. This tax season volunteers will strive to help more families and increase the total dollar refund.

When working families and individuals receive free income tax preparation services from volunteers the local economy benefits. Families and individuals save money and use their refunds towards important expenses and goals including paying home taxes, medical bills, college tuition and savings accounts.

Now until April 17, there will be 15 locations to serve families in Hidalgo and Starr counties. Sites include: Affordable Homes of South Texas McAllen, Affordable Homes of South Texas Weslaco, Bowie Elementary Parental Literacy Center, Calvary Baptist Church, College Career & Technology Academy Parental Engagement Center, Goodwill Industries, La Joya ISD’s Palmview High School and Juarez High School, Palmview Community Center, Tech Bus-RGV provided by Precinct 2, Rio Grande City Hall, Roma High School, South Texas College Tech Library, University of Texas-RGV’s Education building, and Speer Memorial Library. Speer Memorial Library in Mission is a new site, and is being sponsored by the City of Mission, Mission Economic Development Corporation, and the Mission Chamber of Commerce. We look forward to serving the residents of Mission and surrounding areas.

For more information about the VITA program call (956) 607-9030.