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United Way offers free income tax help across Upstate

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One of several types of documents used to file income tax with the Internal Revenue Service. (File/FOX Carolina) One of several types of documents used to file income tax with the Internal Revenue Service. (File/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The United Way supports many individuals and charities across the Upstate, and this tax season, they are offering free assistance for those looking for help filing their income tax returns.

The United Way's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program provides free income tax preparation help to individuals and families with a household income of less than $51,000 a year.

Sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service and Bank of America, VITA brings in hundreds of volunteers from across the Upstate to help prepare returns at more than 30 locations in Greenville, Spartanburg, Anderson, Pickens and Laurens counties.

To get help, taxpayers who earned up to $50,000 in 2012 can schedule appointments by dialing 211. Taxpayers are asked to bring a variety of documents including identification, pay statements, copies of last year's returns and more. For a complete list of what is needed click here.

In 2012, VITA prepared 6,363 tax returns, saving $954,450 in tax prep fees for participants and awarding recipients a total of $2,373,357 claimed in earned income tax credits with an average refund of $1,040.

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