Mayor Greenberg, community partners announce free tax preparation services for eligible Louisville residents

January 24, 2023

Mayor Craig Greenberg today joined community partners in announcing the start of free federal and state income tax preparation assistance for eligible residents.  The Louisville Asset Building Coalition’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, or VITA, provides trained, IRS-certified volunteers who offer free tax services at 11 sites across the city. VITA is available to individuals and families who earned less than $66,000 in 2022.

VITA volunteers will also help determine if residents are eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), a refundable federal tax credit for low- and middle-income working individuals and families. Eligibility for the EITC is based on income, the number of family members and other criteria, such as the age of household members. Working families who earn up to $57,400 may be eligible, and the average credit last year was $2,800.

For many working families, free help with taxes and guidance in qualifying for the EITC can be a game-changer,” the Mayor said. "That’s money that could be used to start a savings account, buy a car, get braces for a child, pay books and college tuition, or start a college fund for their children."

Since launching in 2001, VITA services have helped more than 135,500 Louisville tax filers. Last year, VITA processed more than 7,300 returns, adding more than $12 million to the local economy, including nearly $2 million in EITC to residents.

Mayor Greenberg thanked the many partner organizations that work together on the mission of helping hardworking families file their tax returns properly and capitalize on the credits, including Louisville Metro’s Office for Resilience and Community Services (RCS).  RCS helps to connect tax filers to an array of financial empowerment services including the newly opened Financial Empowerment Center which provides free financial counseling, and the Tax Time Connect initiative.

Tax Time Connect encourages “unbanked” tax filers to get banked with Bank On Louisville certified accounts, and to choose direct deposit for their tax refund. Bank On certified accounts are low-cost, safe and fully functional. 

Learn more about the Tax Time Connect, financial counseling and other resources at
https://louisvilleky.gov/government/resilience-and-community-services/office-financial-empowerment.

Tax filing season is now officially underway and the deadline to file this year is April 18. VITA sites will prepare in-person free tax filing, by appointment only, at several sites. Most of the sites will provide free tax filing through drop-off services.

The VITA free tax preparation sites are located at:

  • Americana Community Center, 4801 Southside Drive
  • Edison Center, 701 W Ormsby Ave., Ste 201
  • Goodwill Resource Center, 909 E. Broadway
  • Louisville Urban League, 1535 W. Broadway
  • Oldham County LaGrange Library, 308 Yager, LaGrange
  • Portland Promise Center, 1831 Baird St.
  • NABA/Shively City Hall, 3920 Dixie Highway
  • St. Vincent de Paul Family Success Center, 1029 S. Preston St.
  • Sun Valley Community Center, 6505 Bethany Lane
  • United Crescent Hill Ministries, 150 State St.
  • Wesley House Community Services, 5114 Preston Hwy.

To schedule an appointment for in-person tax assistance, call 502-305-0005 or visit https://louisvillekyvita.cascheduler.com.  For more details, including days and hours of drop off services, visit https://labcservices.org/

Also find information on the website about the annual “Taxathon” event, a two-day, 24-hour tax push to file taxes at St. Vincent de Paul, Jan. 27 and 28, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Also, online is access to MyFreeTaxes.com, a free self-file program offered in partnership by United Way Worldwide and TaxSlayer. LABC is proud to be a member of the Tax Time Allies and has received funding from the Intuit Freedom Foundation to increase access to VITA and free software programs.

AARP Tax-Aide also provides free tax prep services with a mission to serve any person who comes through the door, with special attention to those 60 and older. The AARP team helped to file more than 2,400 returns in 2022 leading to over $2.8 million in federal and state refunds.

AARP Tax-Aid sites will begin operating at eight sites in early February. For more information, visit http://www.aarp-tax-aide-lou.org.

To help preparers accurately determine prepare returns EITC eligibility at VITA and AARP Tax Aide sites, individuals should bring:

  • Picture ID and Social Security cards for everyone listed on the return
  • Copy of 2021 tax return with all attachments and schedules
  • W-2s and 1099s from your employers
  • Other 1099s for interest, dividends, state tax refund or other income
  • Form 1099-G for any unemployment compensation received during the year
  • 1095-A for health insurance
  • 1098 for education credit, plus a detailed financial statement from the school
  • Bank account number and routing number for direct deposit as well as savings account number (if applicable)
  • If you do not have a bank account, we can help you open a Bank On certified account.
  • Childcare information, including Provider ID and actual amounts paid
  • Summarized list of other income/expenses for those who itemize or are self-employed
  • Additional tax information that may be required
  • Masks are required at all VITA sites

The work of the Louisville Asset Building Coalition and the AARP Tax Assistance Program is made possible by Metro United Way, Louisville Metro Government, the IRS, the AARP Tax-Aide Foundation and dozens of other partners, and hundreds of volunteers.

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