As many as one-third of South Mississippians do not earn enough money to meet their basic needs. Wages have not kept pace with the rising cost of housing, healthcare, and education and currently, 40 million Americans are working in low-paying jobs without basic health and retirement benefits. Whether or not our neighbors have jobs that can support their families matters-- to all of us.For South Mississippi families walking a financial tightrope, unable to save for college, a home, or retirement, United Way is here to help.
How does United Way Help?
Through the South Mississippi VITA/EITC Partnership serving Hancock, Harrison, and Jackson Counties
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, or VITA, sites are locations in South Mississippi where low-income individuals can receive FREE tax prep. If your household made less than $54,000, you have a disability, or English is not your first language, you may be eligible for FREE tax preparation through local Volunteer Income Tax Assistance sites. You may even learn that you are eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit, which could return up to $5,891 to your household!
Last tax year, +2,400 taxpayers received free tax preparation services through the South Mississippi VITA/EITC Partnership that brought more than $4,600,000 in refunds into our local economy.
Last year's average refund was more than $2,000!
2019 VITA Locations (Dates of service vary by location)
-Mercy Housing & Human Development (1135 Ford St, Gulfport, MS) Jan. 18 - Dec. 13
- Moore Community House (345 Nichols Dr, Biloxi, MS) Jan. 22 - April 15
-JCCAC Harrison County (500 24th St, Gulfport, MS) Jan. 17 - April 13
- Southern Bancorp (9 E. Lakeshore Dr, Carriere, MS) Jan. 22 - April 11
An extra tax credit from the IRS for working individuals.
Do you make less than $64,000 and want to do your taxes from home? Try United Way Worldwide's FREE online tax prep program through H&R Block -or- take advantage of the local Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program!