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United Way supports tax assistance program, welcomes anyone affected by shutdown

Kathy Kaper, Linda Brown, Bud Pagel and Diane Henshaw are some of the VITA program volunteers who say they can assist anyone who needs a little free tax help this year. (Brendan LaChance, Oil City)

Anyone in Natrona County looking for a little help on their taxes, can get some free assistance, including those affected by the shutdown of the federal government.

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program launched its 2019 efforts on Tuesday, January 22 and will be available until April 12. VITA is an IRS initiative intended to assist people with their taxes and the United Way of Natrona County has supported the program for the last 5 years, according to UWNC Executive Director Anna Wilcox.

Wilcox says the program is available to anyone, particularly people with low-income, seniors, and people she says might not otherwise file their taxes. She also wants people affected by the government shutdown to know the service is available.

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“In regards to Natrona County Residents affected by the shutdown, every little bit counts and if the cost of having their taxes prepared seems daunting or impossible, we are happy to offer this free option,” Wilcox said.

The VITA program connects people with IRS certified volunteers who understand the ins and outs of all the different tax forms. Kathy Kaper used to work for the IRS and says she has been volunteering with VITA for more than 30 years. She says that most people they’ve seen in the past wanted help with basic forms like W-2’s, but that she and the other 12 or 15 volunteers are capable and happy to help with any of the tax questions people may be struggling with.

Kaper says that VITA helped 1,643 in Natrona County in 2018.

The VITA assistance is available at 350 Big Horn Rd., off Poplar Street behind True Companies.

(Brendan LaChance, Oil City)