Free Tax Prep Program Extends Services to Help Residents Meet Deadline

Households Earning Less Than $66K in 2020 are Eligible through United Way’s VITA  

March 23, 2021, MIDDLE TENNESSEE—The Internal Revenue Service announced last week that the federal income tax filing due date for individuals for the 2020 tax year is extended to May 17, 2021.  

Households that still need to file and made less than $66,000 in 2020 are encouraged to visit unitedwayfilefree.com or call 2-1-1 to learn about free tax prep services through VITA, a partnership between United Way and the IRS. Through VITA, IRS-certified tax preparers offer free tax preparation services to individuals and families across Middle Tennessee. Filing options are listed below.  

  1. File online with an IRS-certified tax preparer doing the work. 
  2. Self-file using United Way’s file free platform. 
  3. Call 615.830.7940 to schedule an in-person tax preparation appointment. 

According to the IRS, individual taxpayers can postpone federal income tax payments for the 2020 tax year to May 17, 2021, without penalties and interest, regardless of the amount owed. Penalties, interest and additions to tax will begin to accrue on any remaining unpaid balances beginning May 17, 2021.  

VITA helps qualifying individuals receive important credits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) or Child Tax Credit (CTC) that lift millions out of poverty each year. VITA will also help you receive your stimulus payments if you have no filing obligation or file previous year returns at no cost. Last year, United Way and the VITA free tax prep program completed over 10,000 tax returns, helped taxpayers save more than $2.7 million in tax preparation fees and brought more than $13.5 million in federal refunds back to the community—all with the help of IRS-certified tax preparers. 

Visit unitedwayfilefree.com or call United Way’s 211 Helpline to get started.  

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