Rappahannock United Way to provide free tax prep service

by | Mar 26, 2024 | ALLFFP, Business, Non-Profits

This tax season, Rappahannock United Way is providing Prosper Tax Services for free tax preparation services for the 20th consecutive year. IRS-certified staff and volunteers are ready, six days a week during daytime and evening hours, at a variety of tax site locations throughout the Fredericksburg region.

Taxpayers with a household income of $80,000 or less are eligible for Prosper Taxes. Visit one of the Tax Sites — no appointment necessary, to meet with one of the IRS certified volunteer tax preparers. Taxpayers should visit Prosper Taxes’ website or call (540) 373-0041, to find the full schedule of Prosper Tax Site locations and what documents are needed to file.

“We are very excited to have Prosper Tax Site locations throughout the community again this year,” said Sarah Walsh, chief impact officer at Rappahannock United Way. “Our usual locations at our main office and local library branches are open again this year. In addition, we have a new Prosper Tax Site at Germanna Community College and others out in rural underserved areas.”

Special Prosper Tax Site events will be held in King George, Caroline and Colonial Beach, to ensure that rural residents —especially those with transportation challenges — are served.

Taxpayers can also prepare and file their own tax returns for free on the Prosper Tax’s website (www.RUWFreeTaxes.org). If taxpayers have computer skills but no internet access, they may visit Rappahannock United Way’s office to use the free computer kiosks during office hours.

Prosper Tax Service serves thousands of taxpayers every year, putting over $2 million back in taxpayer pockets through tax refunds and tax credits. The 2024 tax season ends April 15.

“Today the Internal Revenue Service announced that almost 940,000 people across the nation have unclaimed refunds for tax year 2020,” Walsh said. “The IRS estimates that more than $1 billion in refunds remain unclaimed because people haven’t filed their prior year returns. We want to do everything we can to make sure local taxpayers get every penny they are entitled to.”

Inland Revenue Service estimates over 25,000 taxpayers in Virginia may be owed more than $28 million in potential refunds. With this in mind, Prosper Taxes will keep their main tax site, based at the Rappahannock United Way office, open from April 15 for an additional two weeks to help taxpayers file prior year returns.

If taxpayers have unfiled taxes from 2020, 2021, and 2022 tax years, they are encouraged to call (540) 373- 0041 to schedule an appointment with the Prosper Taxes team.

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