WESTMINSTER, Vt. — Income-eligible Windsor and Windham county residents can now schedule an appointment for free tax preparation assistance through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, offered by SEVCA in collaboration with Granite United Way. SEVCA has experienced IRS-certified volunteers trained and ready to prepare tax returns for area taxpayers with household income up to $54,000. Appointments are available on select dates in Westminster, White River Junction, and Windsor starting Jan. 28 and continuing through the second week of April. Residents of nearby communities in New Hampshire may also make appointments at these sites.

VITA volunteers can help with special credits, such as the Earned Income Tax and the Affordable Care Act’s Premium Tax Credits. They also prepare Vermont income tax returns, Homestead Declarations for property tax adjustments, and Renter’s Rebate claims. In addition to free tax return assistance, VITA sites offer free electronic filing. Individuals taking advantage of the e-file program receive their refunds in half the time compared to returns filed on paper — even faster, when tax refunds are deposited directly into a bank account.

SEVCA will provide free tax assistance by appointment only at the following locations: 

  • SEVCA’s main office in Westminster on Tuesdays (8:45 a.m. – 4 p.m.)

  • St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in White River Junction on Mondays (10:45 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.)

  • Windsor Resource Connection Center on select Thursdays (9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.)

Appointments will fill up quickly, so taxpayers are urged to make an appointment as soon as possible. Appointments in Westminster can be made by calling 800-464-9951. For appointments at White River Junction or Windsor locations, call 866-444-4211 (or simply 2-1-1 from a NH phone), or use the online scheduling system at nhtaxhelp.org (go to “Schedule an appointment now” and navigate to the White River Junction or Windsor site listing and click on an available date and time). Be sure to provide your contact information, including address, email and phone number to be notified in case of weather cancellations.

Southeastern Vermont Community Action (SEVCA) was established in 1965 as part of the national War on Poverty to address the needs of low-income residents of Windham and Windsor counties. In addition to providing the “safety net” for households in financial crisis, its services help them stabilize their lives, make their homes safe and energy-efficient, take strides toward becoming self-reliant, and enable their children to escape the generational poverty cycle. These goals are achieved through such programs as VITA Tax Preparation Assistance, Family Services, Crisis Fuel, Housing Services, 3SquaresVT (Food Stamp) Outreach, Weatherization, Home Repair, Microbusiness Assistance, Financial Fitness Education, SaVermont Matched Savings Accounts, Job Readiness Training, Thrift Stores, Health Navigator, and Head Start.

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