It seems like we just celebrated the holidays, but looming right around the corner is the dreaded April 15th deadline to file your federal and state income taxes. #UGH. A lot of folks get right on the unpleasant task, and some....well, you know who you are.

But there's help out there, folks. Among the many programs being offered by United Way of Acadiana, you can add free tax preparation for qualifying families. According to a new press release, if you are employed and had a household income below $54,000 in 2019, you may be eligible for free tax preparation services, and a quick refund. You could also be eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit, which is a benefit for working people with low to moderate income. 

Before you go to any of the locations offering these services, make sure you bring the following:

  • Driver's License
  • Social Security Card
  • W2s and other tax documents

Over 3,000 Acadiana residents were helped by the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program last year. The VITA sites for 2020 are listed below. Good luck, y'all!

Acadia Parish:

  • ASSIST Agency
    11 North Parkerson Avenue, Crowley, LA 70526
    (337) 788-7550
    Opening Day: January 15
    Monday & Wednesday: 8:30 am - 3:00 pm (appointment only)
    Tuesday & Thursday: 8:30 am - 3:00 pm (walk-ups welcome)

Evangeline Parish:

  • VITA Ad Hoc
    126 East Main Street, Ville Plate, LA 70586
    (337) 943-2410
    Opening Day: January 15
    Monday, Tuesday & Thursday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm (appointment only)

Iberia Parish:

  • SMILE Community Action Agency
    722 Walton Street, New Iberia, LA 70560
    (337) 365-8151
    Opening Day: January 15
    Monday - Thurdsay: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm (appointment only)

Lafayette Parish:

  • Acadiana High School
    315 Rue Du Belier Street, Lafayette, LA 70506
    (337) 230-3757
    Drop-off services only. Please call for appointment and instructions.
    Lafayette Library's Main Branch
    301 Congress Street, Lafayette, LA 70501
    Walk-ups welcome
    January 21: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
    February 4: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
    February 11: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
    February 18: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
    February 29: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm (Super Tax Day)
    March 14: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
    March 17: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
    March 24: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
    March 31: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
    April 4: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
    Northside High School
    301 Dunand Street, Lafayette, LA 70501
    (337) 255-5976
    Walk-ups welcome
    February 22: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm (Super Tax Day)
    March 7: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
    March 21: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
    April 4: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
    SMILE Community Action Agency
    501 St. John Street, Lafayette, LA 70501
    (337) 234-3272
    Opening Day: January 15
    Monday – Thursday: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

St Landry Parish:

  • Sustainable Agriculture & Development Institute
    1209 Diesi Street, Opelousas, LA 70570
    (337) 943-2410
    Opening Day: January 15
    Monday - Friday: 4:30 - 6:00 pm
    Saturday: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

St Martin Parish:

  • SMILE Community Action Agency
    2097 Terrace Road, St. Martinville, LA 70582
    (337) 394-6014
    Opening Day: January 15
    Tuesday – Friday: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm (appointment only)

Vermilion Parish:

  • ASSIST Agency
    407 Charity Street, Abbeville, LA 70510
    (337) 898-9554
    Opening Day: January 15
    Monday & Wednesday: 8:30 am - 3:00 pm (appointment only)
    Tuesday & Thursday: 8:30 am - 3:00 pm (walk-ups welcome)