• News Release: 1/16/2020

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    January 16, 2020
    NEWS RELEASE
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Contact: Jodee O’Brien, Chief Executive Officer
    (512) 255-6799, jodee@unitedway-wc.org
     
    United Way of Williamson County Offers Free Electronic Tax Preparation
     
    ROUND ROCK, Texas – United Way of Williamson County will be offering free electronic tax preparation at locations across the county. Starting January 27 and running through April 15, 2020, IRS-certified tax preparers will be available in Georgetown, Hutto, Leander, Liberty Hill, and Taylor to provide assistance to wage-earners through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA). VITA volunteers will complete and file federal tax returns to households earning $55,000 or less annually, and to older adults of all income levels.
     
    In addition to the sites managed by United Way of Williamson County, AARP Tax Aide, and Foundation Communities will also offer free preparation assistance for the upcoming tax filing season at locations in Cedar Park, Georgetown, Leander, Round Rock, and Taylor. Information for all Williamson County sites including locations, dates, and times is available at www.WilcoFreeTaxPrep.org or by calling 2-1-1. 
     
    “Tax laws change regularly and we strongly encourage wage-earners to meet with a preparer at one of the local free tax preparation sites,” UWWC Chief Executive Officer Jodee O’Brien said. “Our volunteers are trained and certified by the IRS to identify qualifying tax credits to answer questions, navigate through the new system, and maximize each person’s federal tax refund.”
     
    O’Brien goes on to state that the goal of the program is to help low-to-moderate income workers increase their financial security. By offering this service free of charge, clients can keep their hard-earned money, avoid unnecessary fees or high-interest loans, maximize their tax credits, and submit more accurate returns.
     
    Free tax preparation services are available in English and Spanish. Tax preparers are certified through the IRS annually and returns are filed electronically according to IRS standards. 
     
    Taxpayers should bring the following items:
    • A valid driver license or photo ID for taxpayer (and spouse if married filing joint return)
    • Social Security card or ITIN cards and birthdates for taxpayer, spouse and all dependents listed on the return (required)
    • All income statements: W-2 and 1099, Social Security Benefits Statement and/or other sources of income  (required)
    • Identification number for child care provider and receipts
    • Married filing joint return: both individuals must be present to complete the return
    • 1098-T tuition statement for college and technical school students and relevant record of higher education expenses
    • Interest and dividend statements from your bank/savings accounts
    • Receipts for mortgage property taxes or interest
    • Form 1095-A, B or C or Affordable Healthcare Statements
    • Account and routing numbers of your financial institution (for direct deposit of any refund)
    • Last year’s tax return (if you filed)
     
    For additional information on the free tax sites visit www.WilcoFreeTaxPrep.org, email info@unitedway-wc.org or call 512-255-6799.
     
    Free Tax Preparation Site locations, dates, and hours of operation:
     
    Where Dates Hours Available
    Cedar Park Cedar Park Public Library
    550 Discovery Boulevard
    Cedar Park, TX 78613
    February 5 - April 15 Wednesdays 12:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    (AARP Volunteers)
    Georgetown Georgetown Church of Christ
    1525 W. University Avenue
    Georgetown, TX 78628
    February 3 - April 13 Mondays 12:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    (AARP Volunteers)
    Georgetown Georgetown Public Library
    402 W. 8th Street
    Georgetown, TX 78626
    February 1 - April 14 Saturdays 10:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
    Tuesdays 3:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
    Thursdays 12:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    (AARP Volunteers)
    Georgetown Getsemani Community Center
    412 E. 19th Street
    Georgetown, TX 78626
    January 28 - April 14

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    February 5 - April 15
    Tuesdays & Thursdays 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    (VITA Volunteers)
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    Wednesdays 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    (AARP Volunteers)
    Georgetown Sun City Cowan Creek Amenity Center
    1433 Cool Spring Way
    Georgetown, TX 78633
    February 7 - April 10 Fridays 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    (AARP Volunteers)
    Hutto Hutto Public Library
    500 W. Live Oak Street
    Hutto, TX  78634
    January 28 - April 14 Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
    (VITA Volunteers)
    Leander Leander Public Library
    1011 S. Bagdad Road
    Leander, TX 78641
    January 30 - April 11


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    February 4 - April 13
    Thursdays 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    Saturdays 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    (VITA Volunteers)

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    Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    (AARP Volunteers)
    Liberty Hill Community Resource Center
    155 Hillcrest Lane, Suite B
    Liberty Hill, TX 78642
    January 28 - April 14
     
    Tuesdays 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    Saturdays 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

    (VITA Volunteers)
    Round Rock Allen R. Baca Senior Center
    301 W. Bagdad Avenue
    Round Rock, TX 78664
    February 3 - April 15
    (Closed February 17)

     
    Mondays and Wednesdays 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    (AARP Volunteers)
    Round Rock Round Rock Public Library
    216 E. Main Street
    Round Rock, TX  78664
    January 22 - April 15*
    (Closed February 17 and March 14 - 21)
    Mondays - Thursdays 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.*
    Saturdays 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. *
    * BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Call 2-1-1 to schedule.
    (Foundation Communities Volunteers)
    Taylor Taylor City Hall
    400 Porter Street
    Taylor, TX 76574
    January 27 - April 15
    (Closed February 17 - 29)
    Mondays and Wednesdays 4:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
    Saturdays 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    (VITA Volunteers)
    Taylor Taylor Public Library
    801 Vance Street
    Taylor, TX 76574
    February 5 - April 15 Wednesdays 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    (AARP Volunteers)
               

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    About United Way of Williamson County: United Way of Williamson County envisions a community where people thrive, live healthy lives and can achieve their full potential. By stabilizing families, helping kids succeed, and empowering healthy lives, we are building stronger communities and improving lives. To learn more about the community impact work of United Way of Williamson County visit www.unitedway-wc.org or call (512) 255-6799.
    Contact:
    Ramona Urbanek, Office Manager
    (512) 255-6799