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Free Tax Preparation Help

United Way VITA

Thanks to a free program, low income residents of the Quad Cities can get help preparing their tax returns.

Once again, the United Way is offering VITA, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, with the AARP, local colleges, and other organizations.

United Way Vice President Marci Zogg says the program is for anyone earning 60,000 dollars a year or less, and last year it helped more than 2,800 individuals and families.

"Part of what we do with the VITA program, the free tax program, is making sure that individuals in our community get all of the tax breaks and all of the refunds that they're supposed to get. To make sure that they can mazimize the tax returns and help individuals put more money back into their pocket."

And during the past three years, VITA's trained volunteers have helped return an estimated 12 million dollars in tax breaks and refunds.

Zogg says help will be offered from February 1st through April 12th, but people can sign up for appointments now, and probably should, because the spots fill up quickly.


A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.