Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) has resumed at United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee with VITA Valet Drive Up – Drop Off Service in Lehigh Acres and Fort Myers. Due to COVID-19, the traditional tax preparation service was suspended on March 16. Appointments will continue on May 26, 2020.
Clients can drive up at either VITA site, stay in the car, and a tax preparer will complete an intake interview. The client will leave their tax papers such as W-2s and 1099s with the preparer and come back the following week later to receive their completed tax return.
Appointment MUST be made before drop off. Appointments can be made by calling 211 or (239) 433-3900.
VITA sites and hours are as follows:
United Way Headquarters – 7273 Concourse Drive, Fort Myers, FL 33908
Mondays – 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday – 3:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.
Lehigh Acres United Way House – Lehigh Community Services – 201 Plaza Drive, Suite 103, Lehigh Acres, FL 33936
Tuesdays – 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Thursdays – 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
The VITA program provides free tax filing services in Lee, Hendry, Okeechobee and Charlotte Counties to individuals and families making less than $66,000 per year. Taxpayers need to bring a social security card for everyone on the return in addition to tax documents, bank account information for direct deposit of refunds, and if the clients had marketplace health insurance, form 1095A.
The tax filing deadline for 2019 tax returns is July 15. Tax preparation is performed by IRS certified volunteers. For more information please contact Mary Meador at Marym@UnitedWayLee.org or call (239) 433-7206.
If a taxpayer has access to a computer and would like to file their own taxes free of charge, they can logon to MyFreeTaxes.com. It is simple, fast, and secure while offering online assistance with the process.
About United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee
The United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee is a volunteer driven organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for all people in our community. This is accomplished through fundraising, fund distribution, community building, volunteer advancement, information, and referrals. For more information, please call United Way at (239) 433-2000 or visit www.UnitedWayLee.org.