Company to offer free tax help

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) Tax season has begun and now the pressure is on to get tax returns in the mail on time. For those who rely on services to file taxes in, there are a couple of options to consider that are free of charge.

Walmart announced the company is offering free tax preparation services at 3000 of its stores. The retailer will offer the free help at their H&R and Jackson and Hewitt kiosks. There are 12 stores participating here in the Grand Strand and Pee Dee. Before heading to a Walmart store, one should check the guidelines for the free services on Walmart's website at: http://instoresnow.walmart.com/enhancedrendercontent_ektid99817.aspx .

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, also known as VITA, also offer free tax help. This is agency is a part of the United Way of Horry County. VITA has helped thousands of low-income Horry County residents for a more than a decade. To receive their free services, one does not have to qualify; however, the program is catered to those residents making less than $55,000 annually.

According to the VITA coordinator, Utocqua Grissett, says all volunteers with the VITA are trained and tested. "Residents can expect to get their taxes done accurately and correctly. They can expect us to review all sources of income. And all sources of expenses in order to get their maximum refund as possible," says Grissett.

VITA's service will begin January 18 and run through April 14.  Electronic filing is done using authorized computer software to insure maximum accuracy. Grissett recommends using VITA's free services to save time and money.  "It's all free of charge. You can save $300 to $400 S easily in getting your tax returns prepared and you're also getting your return back in a timely matter."

VITA sites offer preparation of basic tax returns for taxpayers who cannot pay for assistance, non-English speaking persons, elderly taxpayers and persons with disabilities who file Form 1040EZ, Form 1040A, and a basic Form 1040.

Taxpayers who wish to have returns prepared at one of the VITA locations should bring with them a copy of last year's return if it is available, Forms W-2 and 1099, copies of social security cards for dependents, and other information that is pertinent. For more information on the VITA program contact 1-800-906-9887.

VITA site locations in Horry County:

Conway Library
801 Main Street  Conway, SC
Saturdays from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
February 4th – April 14th

Surfside Library
410 Surfside Drive Surfside Beach, SC
Day, time, and start date: TBA

Chapin Memorial Library
400 14th Ave. N  Myrtle Beach, SC
Wednesdays from 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.
January 18th – April 11th

Local Participating Walmart Locations:

10820 N. Kings Hwy
Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
Phone: 843-449-0502

541 Seaboard St
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Phone: 843-445-7781

550 Highway 17 North
North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
Phone: 843-281-8352

151 Myrtle Ridge Rd
Conway, SC 29526
Phone: 843-234-2040

2751 Beaver Run Blvd
Surfside, SC 29575
Phone: 843-650-4800

2709-A Church Street
Conway, SC 29526
Phone: 843-365-0303

4540 Main St. B 3079
Shallotte, NC 28459
Phone: 910-754-2880

230 N Beltline Dr
Florence, SC 29501
Phone: 843-664-2020

2014 South Irby Street
Florence, SC 29505
Phone: 843-292-0862

1150 S 4Th Street
Hartsville, SC 29550
Phone: 843-383-4891

305 Commerce Drive
Mullins, SC 29574
Phone: 843-423-9444

805 Enterprise Rd
Dillon, SC 29536
Phone: 843-841-9800

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