Goodwill Offering Free Tax Preparation Services

February 18, 2015, 8:12 AM HST · Updated February 18, 8:13 AM
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taxesBy Maui Now Staff

Goodwill Industries of Hawai‘i is offering free tax preparation services to the public through the end of March. To qualify for the service, individuals must earn $53,000 or less per year and not own a home or business.

The program is known as VITA, or Volunteer Income Tax Assistance.

To schedule an appointment at a location near you, visit www.higoodwill.org.

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The following location on Maui Island is providing the free service:

Goodwill Maui Tax Clinic
250 Alamaha Street, Ste. N-16A, in Kahului

By appointment:
Monday–Friday, 7:45 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
For appointments and questions call (808) 442-8908
Ends March 31, 2015

Another free tax service is also offered online through Goodwill for individuals with adjusted gross incomes of $57,000 or less per year. Log on to http://myfreetaxes.com to file both federal and state returns free of charge. Assistance is available for the online service by calling 1-855-MY-TX-HELP, Monday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–10 p.m., EST. Assistance is available anytime by emailing [email protected].

“Times are tight and every penny counts.” said Katy Chen, chief administrative officer of Goodwill Industries of Hawai‘i. “Tax prep services can be expensive. Since VITA is free, families can keep their full tax refund. Last year, the average family Goodwill serviced claimed a tax refund of $2,175 per household. VITA can really make a difference.”

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