COVINGTON, Ky. - It's a last-minute scramble for thousands of Tri-State residents who are trying to file their taxes by April 15.
For many people, filing taxes can be complicated so they turn to professionals to help them with the process, which can be expensive.
A local group wanted to help alleviate some of those financial stresses for Northern Kentucky residents by helping them with their taxes free of charge.
The VITA program, which stands for Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, has completed more than 8,000 returns this tax season for free for people with adjusted gross incomes of less than $50,000.
The program is available each year from January to April and has continued to grow steadily since it was first established 40 years ago.
It currently has enough volunteers to staff eight locations across Northern Kentucky. However, despite those numbers, the group says it needs more people to help with the demand.
On Saturday, the Covington location had 50 people show up in the first hour.
"This is the perfect kind of position to have if you're an accounting student or tax law student as well as a retired CPA or business person or a bank person," Northern Kentucky Regional Coordinator for Free Taxes Peg Boldock.
"You don't even have to be retired, but if you want to give back to the community, I will tell you it's a lot of work and it does take time but it's done by April 15. So you can look at all that volunteer time as you are really truly making a difference."
Saturday was the group's last event of tax season so if you still need help with the filing process, you can apply for a tax extension on the IRS website . The website also has an Interactive Tax Assistant feature that will answer questions for tax filers.
WCPO.com has put together a resource that contains important links to the IRS website for people who've not yet filed their taxes. You can view the story at the following link: http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/money/summary-box-getting-an-extension-to-file-taxes
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