United Way of Racine County’s VITA program is extending its services past the original April 15 deadline to May 7. This new deadline reflects the extension of the tax filing deadline by the IRS.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, VITA’s tax services are completely virtual in 2021. So far, over 300 returns have been filed, resulting in over $350,000 in federal refunds.

“We are thrilled that we’ve already been able to serve so many members of the community,” said Initiatives Manager Lori Riffer. “And this extension will give us the chance to file returns for even more individuals and families. In a year where money has been tight for many, a tax return could be the largest payment a person receives all year.”

Those who do not meet the criteria to file with VITA can still file their taxes for free through the FSA program. This service, which allows Racine County residents of any income level to file their taxes on their own with email-based assistance, is extended through May 17.

Visit UnitedWayRacine.org/VITA to file taxes virtually. Low-to-moderate income participants can submit their tax documents by smartphone, computer or tablet through a secure, online portal, where the documents will then be reviewed and filed for free by IRS-certified VITA volunteers.