TEMPLE, Texas — The United Way of Central Texas is offering help in the Bell County this tax season. 

Their annual Volunteer Tax Assistance program, known as VITA, is designed to help households that make $55,000 or less a year. If you qualify, you could get your taxes done free of charge.

Veshell Greene, the director of public relations at United Way of Central Texas, said VITA is an IRS certified program. 

According to Greene, in 2018 they prepared nearly 1,000 tax returns at a 99 percent acceptance rate by the IRS. Greene said about $1.4 million went back into the community.

"We're able to save these households $200 or $300 and that's money that they can use right back into their homes," Greene said.

Tammy Thompson, who has been a volunteer at United Way since 2015, said she's glad they are able to provide this service to the community.

"We've heard horror stories about how much people pay to have a simple tax return done, and we can do that here at no cost at all and to me, that just brings a lot of comfort that these people are getting something back that they've worked hard for," Thompson said. 

United Way is always looking for more volunteers. Greene said they want to continue to help as many people in Central Texas as they can.

United Way of Central Texas began preparing tax returns Jan. 29 and they will continue until April 15. Their locations include Temple, Belton, Harker Heights, and Killeen.

For more information on VITA or to schedule an appointment, visit the United Way of Central Texas website.