The United Way of Southwestern Indiana is offering free tax preparation in Warrick County for the first time.

They are hosting a "Super Saturday" free tax prep event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. next Saturday, March 9 at the Ohio Township Trustee Office on Epworth Road in Newburgh.

"Folks can come in to have their taxes filed for free," said Kathryn Nix, Director of Marketing & Communications of United Way of Southwestern Indiana. "And also receive information about ways to save money and other financial information."

VITA volunteers will also be available at the TRI-CAP office in Boonville, located at 499 West State Route 62, on Tuesday afternoons from 1 to 4:30 p.m. and also on Thursday evenings from 4:30 - 8 p.m. from now until April 11.

As long as individuals and families have a 2018 Household Income of $54,000 or less through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, they are eligible for the free tax preparation.

"Last year, 925 VITA clients not only saved money on tax prep fees," Nix said, "but also received over $1.5 million in state and federal refunds collectively."

Nix said the taxes are prepared by IRS-certified, trained volunteers.

"They don't have to be accountants or from the banking industry," she said. "We have several retirees who are no longer working 40 hour a job weeks but, they just enjoy helping other people prepare their taxes."

Last year, Nix said United Way saw a major need to expand their services to Warrick County.

"Because a lot of people can't get off work during day time hours or don't have child care and don't want to bring kids," she said. "We are excited to add a Warrick County location."

The main reason they offer these services is to help community members be financially stable.

"Part of United Way's mission is to help people with health education and financial stability," Nix said. "And to try to help people get back on their feet."

Nix said preparing taxes can be overwhelming.

"And this helps get them as many credits as possible and get a refund if possible," she said. "A lot of people use the tax refund to pay off bills they owe, buy a new car, or put it into their child's education account. It's taking money and investing it back to their family's future."

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