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United Way of Natrona County’s free tax prep program now available

The program opened Tuesday, Jan. 31, and will run through Saturday, April 8.

(Brendan LaChance, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — The United Way of Natrona County is once again partnering with Wyoming Free Tax Service and local volunteers to provide residents with free tax preparation.

Qualifying residents are encouraged to learn more about the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, or VITA, program in which IRS-trained and -certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing, United Way said in a press release.

The program opened Tuesday, Jan. 31, and will run through Saturday, April 8. Services are available Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays at the old Salvation Army Thrift Store, 1230 E. Yellowstone Highway in Casper. The location is accessible through the Casper Area LINK Blue Route.

Natrona County residents will be assisted on a first-come, first-served basis; no appointments will be scheduled.

Those seeking VITA program services will need to bring:

  • Government-issued photo ID
  • Social Security cards or ITIN letters for taxpayers and dependents
  • All W-2 and 1099 forms for the tax year
  • Bank account numbers for direct deposit
  • Evidence for deductions, such as mortgage interest, property taxes, charitable contributions and medical expenses
  • Receipts for childcare expenses the provider’s tax ID number
  • The prior year’s tax return

Information on the program is available at www.unitedwaync.com/programs/ or United Way of Natrona County’s Facebook page. Questions can be directed to 307-333-5095.