The New Hanover County Senior Resource Center will continue providing free tax preparation to all residents, regardless of age, through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program until May 10, 2021. This is in response to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) extending the federal income tax filing due date for individuals to May 17, 2021. The North Carolina Department of Revenue has announced a similar extension until May 17, 2021 for filing North Carolina income tax returns for individuals.
To slow the spread of COVID-19, this free program will continue to operate as an “appointment only” drop-off service, to limit in-person contact. Residents can call the Senior Resource Center at 910-798-6416 to make an appointment and receive instructions on where to pick up the required forms. Tax paperwork and required documentation are to be dropped off at the time of the scheduled appointment, and a certified tax preparer will be in touch to complete the process and share when completed paperwork can be picked up.
“Already this year we have helped about 1,600 residents file their 2020 income taxes, and we’re delighted to be able to extend this service to align with the new federal and state deadlines,” said Senior Resource Center Director Amber Smith. “The appointment system we implemented this year is going well, and it allows us to continue this important service for the community while also keeping the public and our volunteers safe.”
The VITA location at the Town of Carolina Beach and the AARP TaxAide location at the New Hanover County Main Library are unable to extend their season and both of these sites will end tax preparation services as of April 15, 2021. After these sites close, residents are encouraged to utilize the tax services at the New Hanover County Senior Resource Center. Appointments to drop-off taxes are required and can be made by calling 910-798-6416.
VITA services are provided by New Hanover County in partnership with AmeriCorps Seniors. For more information, including program guidelines and allowances, visit SRC.NHCgov.com.