Free income tax prep returns early 2024

United Way of Hancock County's free income tax preparation service, VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance), will return for income-eligible members of the community in early 2024.

This IRS program offers free tax preparation services for state and federal returns. Appointments will be offered at 50 North and the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library and will be filed electronically by trained VITA tax volunteers.

VITA is available to Hancock County residents only. To qualify, an individual's combined annual household income must be $64,000 or less. Priority will be given to those over age 60; individuals who speak English as a secondary language; and adults who have disabilities.

In addition, trained VITA volunteers are available to file taxes for international students and to provide guidance to senior citizens who no longer need to file taxes.

Appointments & Scheduling

Beginning Jan. 22, 2024, community members may call the United Way office at 567-250-1955 to schedule their appointment. Callers will be asked a series of questions and will be informed of the items they must bring to their tax preparation appointment.

Appointments will begin Feb. 5 and will continue through the end of March, based on demand.

VITA's Impact

The 2023 VITA season made over $1 million in impact to community members.

Nearly 1,500 state and federal returns were filed by a group of 18 trained volunteers. Over $1 million was returned to the local economy through tax refunds and earned income credits.

Volunteers Needed

United Way of Hancock County is recruiting volunteers to serve as tax preparers for the 2024 VITA season.

No tax experience is necessary, and volunteers can work through training online or may attend three in-person training sessions in January with our site coordinator to become certified for this IRS program. All new volunteers will work with an experienced tax preparer until they are comfortable with the program.

Client appointments will run from early February through the end of March. Flexible time blocks are based on volunteer availability, and we can easily work around vacation schedules or other commitments.

This is a great opportunity to make a rewarding impact in the community! If you would like to learn more or sign up, email Bridgit at