IRS sponsors free VITA tax service in Horry County

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - If you earn less than $50,000, you are eligible to get your taxes done for free at Coastal Carolina University, as part of the VITA Tax program.

The VITA program, which stands for Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, is sponsored by the IRS. It is a nationwide volunteer program for low and moderate-income taxpayers.

VITA Volunteers receive tax training before they begin volunteering at a tax site.

For general information on the VITA Tax program click here:

For an informational page of frequently asked questions to the IRS, click here:

Below is a list of various VITA Tax sites , along with their hours and locations across Horry County:

Conway Library: 801 Main St., Conway

Saturdays: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. / January 25 to March 29

Chapin Memorial Library: 400 14th Ave. N., Myrtle Beach

Wednesdays: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. / February 5 to April 9

Surfside Beach Library: 410 Surfside Drive, Surfside Beach

Tuesdays: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. / January 28 to April 15

Coastal Carolina University: E. Craig Wall Building, Room 204

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. / February 18 to April 3, except for the week of March 10 because of spring break

To have your tax return prepared at a VITA site you need to bring the following information with you:

  • Proof of identification - Picture ID
  • Social Security Cards for you, your spouse and dependents or a Social Security Number verification letter issued by the Social Security Administration or
  • Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) assignment letter for you, your spouse and dependents
  • Proof of foreign status, if applying for an ITIN
  • Birth dates for you, your spouse and dependents on the tax return
  • Wage and earning statement(s) Form W-2, W-2G, 1099-R, 1099-Misc from all employers
  • Interest and dividend statements from banks (Forms 1099)
  • A copy of last year's federal and state returns if available
  • Proof of bank account routing numbers and account numbers for Direct Deposit, such as a blank check
  • Total paid for daycare provider and the daycare provider's tax identifying number (the provider's Social Security Number or the provider's business Employer Identification Number) if appropriate
  • To file taxes electronically on a married-filing-joint tax return, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms.
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