Monday is the first day to file your 2016 tax returns.
This is also the time of year when CAPCO sponsored VITA gets going – Volunteer Income Tax Assistance.
Last year, the volunteers helped more than 800 families in Cortland County file their taxes for free. The volunteers have been trained, tested and certified by the IRS.
Volunteer Jim Kruser told WXHC, “To use the service, your family must have earned less than $54,000 in 2016, each family member must have a valid Social Security number or ITIN.”
VITA assistance is available at Access to Independence, Cortland Free Library, Cortland YWCA, and the United Presbyterian Church. They are also at Cortland-Chenango Rural Services in Cincinnatus and the Town Hall in Truxton. New this year is a free drop off service (at NBT Bank) in Marathon.
This year, Kruser is helping launch a free drop off service at NBT Bank in Marathon. Drop off your materials and pick up the returns a week later.
Most of the Cortland VITA volunteers are college students from the Economics Department at SUNY Cortland. They are providing a necessary community service while obtaining real world experience in their chosen field. Their work is supervised and verified by experienced tax professionals.
Call 2-1-1 or toll-free at (877) 211-8667 for more information and to make appointments.