Tazewell, VA. – A new year always means it’s time to file income tax.
Clinch Valley Community Action is again offering the VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program. The agency gave its annual go-ahead for the program last week. Agency volunteers prepare tax returns for free for households earning $ 57,000 or less.
The agency will make appointments on January 11th. These can be arranged by calling 988-5585. Changes in tax law for this year were highlighted at the kick-off event. The volunteers prepared 592 federal returns with an average return of $ 1,329, and 448 state returns were submitted.
Changes for this year include increases in standard deduction, earnings credit, individual deductions, and alimony. The individual mandate of the Act on Affordable Care is still no longer applicable.
Due to the limitations of Covid 19, Clinch Valley is changing the way taxes are handled this year. There will be little to no contact between clients and creators. The services are either virtual or sold and all returns (federal and state) are submitted electronically if possible.
Because the courses at Southwest Virginia Community College are online, the college does not offer the VITA program. Clinch Valley is working with the county library for dispensing services.