Our Financial Stability Initiatives

United Way of Southwest Virginia is fighting for the financial stability of the region by empowering people to get on stable financial ground with proven methods like tax preparation assistance and community partnerships aimed at helping local families keep their hard-earned money. The result is a thriving community where everyone has more opportunity to succeed.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) partners with United Way of Southwest Virginia to link individuals and families who earn less than $56,000 a year with volunteers who prepare tax returns for free to help people in Southwest Virginia keep more of their hard-earned money. To find out more, visit unitedwayswva.org/taxtime.

The IRS website has several Free File Online offers listed. Please visit irs.gov to review the options. Please be aware that you are responsible for determining your eligibility for the Free File offers.

ALICE, an acronym coined by United Way that stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed represents men, women, and families who work hard and earn more than the official Federal Poverty Level, but less than the basic cost of living.  The ALICE rate, combined with a 24% poverty rate, shows that as many as 59% of the region’s households cannot afford basic costs of living. To find out more or to download the reports, visit unitedwayswva.org/ALICE.

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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) regulates the offering and provision of consumer financial products or services under the federal consumer financial laws and educates and empowers consumers to make better informed financial decisions.

Tax Time Allies
Tax Time Allies is a group of organizations partnering to help you take control of your finances and save more of your hard-earned money. When every nickel matters they help to ensure you have the same access to tax preparation expertise and the confidence that your taxes get done right – just like those who make a lot more.


IRS2GO is the official mobile app of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), so you can find free tax preparation assistance like Free File and VITA as well as helpful tax tips.

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