Free tax help available around the Valley

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

PHOENIX -- There’s free tax help for your family and, specifically, help getting money back from Uncle Sam.

The Valley of the Sun United Way is part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. VITA sites all over the Valley are places where people or households that earned $53,000 or less in 2014 can get their taxes done for free.

The United Way VITA volunteer tax preparers also specialize in getting people the earned income tax credit. It’s a rebate that's worth up to $6,000 for low- to middle-income families and one in five people don’t realize they're eligible for, according to the United Way. 

“Yes, it is very significant, and we found that people who get the earned income tax credit back, they use that money to pay down bills, to address any of their urgent needs, to deal with medical bills, to build savings,” said Charlie Boyce, community impact director for Valley of the Sun United Way.

For those who get a refund, the VITA volunteers will help point people in the direction of financial resources to make sure that money is put to good use.

There are VITA sites all over the Valley, and you can find one on the IRS website and The Valley of the Sun United Way site