VITA program helps valley residents file taxes for free

There are 10 different locations for people to go to file for free


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – The United Way offers a VITA program to the people of the valley to help people file taxes for free.

There are 10 different locations for people to go to file for free. On Saturday, the Williamson College of Business at Youngstown State will offer the program from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

The United Way has the ability to offer the service to the community thanks to its volunteers.

“We go out and we recruit through Eastern Gateway Community College, Youngstown State University. A lot of times, retired CPA’s will volunteer, and then just working people who have a passion to help,” said Laure Weymer of The United Way.

Kim Speare, a volunteer, was an accounting student at Eastern Gateway Community College when The United Way visited her class to get people to volunteer to do the tax service. She said she always believed in giving back to the community so she agreed to volunteer.

“And it was a great opportunity for me to practice my skills that I was learning and get better at it and help the community. So it seemed like a no-brainer,” Speare said.

This is Speare’s second year volunteering with the United Way.

Other VITA events across the Valley will be by appointment only. Please call 211 or 330-747-2696 to schedule an appointment at any location.

The Tri-Lakes Library will have programs on Monday April 11 from 12:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. and Wednesday April 13 from 1:30 pm. Until 5:30 p.m.

Campbell Elementary School will have programs on Tuesday April 12 and Thursday April 14 from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

Zion Lutheran Church will have programs on Monday April 11 and Thursday April 14 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Oak Hill Collaborative will have a program on Tuesday April 12 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

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