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Tax Filing During COVID-19 Outbreak

United Way’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) tax sites are closed or limited to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The new tax filing deadline is April 15, 2021

NEW! United Way of Central Ohio has teamed up with GetYourRefund.org/uwco to help you file your taxes online with the help of certified VITA volunteers.

GetYourRefund is a nonprofit service built by Code for America in partnership with IRS-certified Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites nationally. Code for America is a nonprofit technology organization dedicated to making government work for the people who need it most.

It’s easy and free:

  1. Verify your identity on ID.me on GetYourRefund.org
  2. Answer simple intake questions about your financial information
  3. Upload your tax documents (ID, W-2s most common, 1099-MISC, 1095-A, etc.)
  4. Talk with an IRS-certified preparer as they prepare and review your return
  5. Our IRS-certified preparers will quality review before e-filing your return

CLICK HERE TO PREPARE YOUR RETURN VIRTUALLY!


Additional resources:

  • Click here for information related to the COVID-19 stimulus check, unemployment compensa­tion, tenants’ rights, etc.

Bookmark this page as we will have updated information on the status of free tax preparation services in central Ohio.

After exhausting these options, taxpayers may reach out to taxtime@uwcentralohio.org for specific questions and concerns.


Contact a Tax Time Partner for Reliable Banking Solutions

PNC Bank
Set up direct deposit for your paycheck or government benefit payments and get access to your money right away. It’s easy to complete PNC’s Direct Deposit Form (or use one provided by your employer). PNC SmartAccess makes it easy to add, access and manage your money. You can track your balance and spending when and how you want to. Contact us today for support in account set up with direct deposit of your tax refund!

PNC Contact information: Elizabeth Vanditta, Organizational Financial Wellness, Financial Sales Consultant
NMLS: 1774406; Phone: 216-222-5544; Email: Elizabeth.vanditta@pnc.com


Park National Bank
Financial Confidence Program: Being healthy financially starts with understanding and practicing a few basic fundamentals. Park National Bank’s education and guidance services help people look at their personal situations and learn about options and ideas for improvement. Park bankers are friendly and respectful professionals who help people reach their personal goals, however big or small. These simple conversations are free and available in every office.

Personal Checking Accounts: We believe banking should be simple. Our Priority Series offers four personal checking accounts, each has its perks. Just decide how much of the good stuff you want. Debit cards, overdraft protection – whatever you need, we have the right choice for you. Use the Account MatchUp tool on our website to see which account fits you just right! You can open your account online or visit any office and a banker will be happy to take care of you.

Features: Good stuff comes standard with each account. These free features make banking easy for you: debit card, online banking, mobile banking app, account alerts, fraud monitoring, 24/7 customer support and free access to any ATM in our network.

Contact: 888-474-PARK or help@parknationalbank.com or parknationalbank.com

KeyBank
Key Smart Checking account: The smart choice for a checking account is simple – it’s the one that matches your needs and the way you want to live. That means an account with no monthly fees, so your money is your money. It’s a free account, which means: • No monthly maintenance charges • No minimum balance requirements • No transaction requirements.

Key Active Saver Account: A simple way to help form healthy savings habits when you bank with KeyBank: • No minimum savings balance requirement when you have a KeyBank personal checking account • Zero-fee overdraft protection transfers • FDIC-insured safety • Mobile and online access to digital banking tools • Access to nationwide ATM network


Helping Families Create a Path to Future Financial Stability

Wages have not kept pace with the rising cost of housing, health care and education, and hard-working people are finding it increasingly more difficult to keep up financially.

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a refundable tax credit that helps bridge the gap between what people earn and what they need to survive. Claimed on a person’s tax return, it is designed to supplement wages and reward work.

If your family earns less than $57,414 a year, you could qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit. If you qualify, you’ll receive help preparing and filing your taxes for free. Call 2-1-1 today for and see if you qualify for the money you don’t have…but should.

Tax Time: Free Tax Prep And Financial Resources

If individuals and families are to obtain long-term financial independence, they need tools and resources to help them maximize their income and build assets.

Recognizing the EITC’s potential benefit to individuals, families and communities, United Way of Central Ohio partnered with Columbus City Council and the Franklin County commissioners to launch the Franklin County EITC Coalition—now Tax Time—in October 2006.

Each year, Tax Time supports free tax assistance sites throughout Columbus between January and April. In 2013, 47 sites prepared 14,530 tax returns, resulting in $14.8 million dollars in refunds and savings of more than $3.6 million to taxpayers who may have otherwise used a paid tax preparer.

Tax Time works collaboratively to maximize community resources that promote economic self-sufficiency. The program raises awareness of the EITC, provides access to free, high-quality tax assistance and connects people to a network of services, including financial education opportunities that help them plan for their future.

Tax Time’s lead partners include AARP, HandsOn Central Ohio, Legal Aid Society of Columbus, The Ohio Benefit Bank (a program of the Ohio Association of Foodbanks), and United Way of Central Ohio. For more information, go to https://taxtimecentralohio.org

Ways We Invest in Tax Time:

Innovation and Systems: $50,000​​

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