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United Way offering income tax assistance program

Posted at 6:24 AM, Jan 24, 2020

The United Way of Acadiana is hoping to create financial stability for some Acadiana residents through their free Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program.

VITA utilizes IRS-certified tax preparers to help individuals and families with their yearly tax returns.

In the past two years, The United Way says that the program has put approximately $8 million dollars back into the hands of more than 5,600 Acadiana residents.

To learn more, visit www.unitedwayofacadiana.org/vita

Working individuals with a household income below $54,000 in 2019 may be eligible for the free service. United Way also says that individuals may also qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit.

To qualify for Earned Income Tax Credit, your Tax Year Earned Income and Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) must each be less than:

  • $49,194: With 3 or more qualifying children
  • $54,884:If married, filing jointly
  • $45,802:With 2 qualifying children
  • $51,492: If married, filing jointly
  • $40,320: With 1 qualifying child
  • $46,010: If married, filing jointly
  • $15,270: With no qualifying children
  • $20,950: If married, filing jointly

Additionally, if you make less than $66,000, you can file for free at MyFreeTaxes.com.

Those eligible for the program must bring a photo ID and original Social Security Card or ITIN, All W2s and other tax-related documents to preparation sites.

Program sites are open in several parishes.

ACADIA PARISH

ASSIST Agency
11 North Parkerson Avenue, Crowley, LA 70526
(337) 788-7550
Monday & Wednesday: 8:30 am - 3:00 pm (appointment only)
Tuesday & Thursday: 8:30 am - 3:00 pm (walk-ups welcome)

IBERIA PARISH

SMILE Community Action Agency
722 Walton Street, New Iberia, LA 70560
(337) 365-8151
Opening Day: February 3
Monday - Thursday: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm (appointment only)

LAFAYETTE PARISH

Acadiana High School
315 Rue Du Belier Street, Lafayette, LA 70506
(337) 230-3757
Drop-off services only. Please call for appointment and instructions.

Lafayette Library's Main Branch

301 Congress Street, Lafayette, LA 70501
Walk-ups welcome

  • January 21: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
  • February 4: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
  • February 11: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
  • February 18: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
  • February 29: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm (Super Tax Day)
  • March 14: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • March 17: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
  • March 24: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
  • March 31: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
  • April 4: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Northside High School

301 Dunand Street, Lafayette, LA 70501
(337) 255-5976
Walk-ups welcome

  • February 22: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm (Super Tax Day)
  • March 7: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • March 21: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • April 4: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

SMILE Community Action Agency

501 St. John Street, Lafayette, LA 70501
(337) 234-3272
Opening Day: February 3
Monday – Thursday: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

ST. LANDRY PARISH

Sustainable Agriculture & Development Institute
1209 Diesi Street, Opelousas, LA 70570
(337) 943-2410
Monday - Friday: 4:30 - 6:00 pm

Saturday: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

ST. MARTIN PARISH

SMILE Community Action Agency
2097 Terrace Road, St. Martinville, LA 70582
(337) 394-6014
Opening Day: February 3
Tuesday – Friday: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm (appointment only)

VERMILION PARISH

ASSIST Agency
407 Charity Street, Abbeville, LA 70510
(337) 898-9554
Monday & Wednesday: 8:30 am - 3:00 pm (appointment only)

Tuesday & Thursday: 8:30 am - 3:00 pm (walk-ups welcome)

SUPER TAX DAYS (no appointment necessary)

  • February 22: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm at Northside High School
  • February 29: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at Lafayette Public Library’s Main Branch