Lowcountry VITA and AARP Offering Free Federal and State Income Tax Preparation at Beaufort County Library Branches

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Monday, February 22, 2021 8:59 AM

The Beaufort County Library is pleased to continue the long-standing tradition of hosting free tax preparation assistance to Beaufort County citizens provided by Lowcountry Area VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) and American Association of Retired Persons (AARP).  Due to current social distancing guidelines, both VITA and AARP have adjusted their method of service to provide curbside and/or contactless FREE tax preparation in accordance with health and safety protocols.  

In collaboration with the Beaufort County Human Services Alliance and United Way of the Lowcountry, Inc., the Lowcountry Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to persons generally earning $66,000 annually or less, differently-abled persons, persons 60 and older, and limited English-speaking persons.   

Further details about VITA services is available at www.vitalowcountry.org

To volunteer or obtain more information, contact Program Coordinator Theresa Jackson at lowcountryvitacoalition@gmail.com or call 843-321-9071.

VITA tax assistance will be available at the following library locations:

Lobeco Library, 1862 Trask Parkway, Lobeco
Saturdays 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

St. Helena Library, 6355 Jonathan Francis Senior Road, St. Helena
Tuesdays 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Beaufort Library, 311 Scott Street, Beaufort
Mondays & Thursdays 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Bluffton Library, 120 Palmetto Way, Bluffton
Mondays (opens today, February 22) 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Additionally, volunteers with the AARP Tax Aide Foundation program are providing tax preparation and e-filing service to local residents at the Bluffton and Hilton Head branch libraries.  Due to their efforts to minimize contact, AARP is only able to prepare simple tax returns and appointments are required

For more information or to schedule an appointment for service, call 843-603-1632 or email schhaarptaxaide@yahoo.com.    

An AARP Tax Aide will be available at the following library locations:

Bluffton Library, 120 Palmetto Way, Bluffton
Fridays  11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Hilton Head Library, 11 Beach City Road, Hilton Head Island
Tuesdays (intake) & Wednesdays (pickup) (opens Feb 23rd)   
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

In addition to hosting free tax preparation services, all Beaufort County Library locations are open for quick browsing and curbside service.  Please visit beaufortcountylibrary.org for the most up-to-date information about Beaufort County Library hours and services. 

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