Various sites offering free tax help

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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — With just a couple weeks left to file taxes, people are scrambling to get everything in order. There are more than a dozen places around central Indiana that can help you for free, if you meet certain qualifications. They’re Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites, which are coordinated through the local United Way chapter.

"Our goal is stress free, just do their taxes," said Brent Frymier, who works for Huntington National Bank. "Make sure their taxes are done correctly, get their maximum refund and then they're done."

The United Way's Boner Center is their biggest and most popular site for free tax preparation.

"A lot of people are not able to pay the $100 or $200 it would take to go to a paid preparer, so being able to offer this service for free is a great relief and a benefit to the clients we're serving," said Lauren Rochester, who is a community impact manager for the United Way.

This year, a woman named Laura Hamblet is checking it out for the first time.

"Everybody's been very helpful so far," said Hamblet.

Volunteers tell us the sites stay busy pretty much until the deadline rolls around. Luckily, you don't have to wait in line to get free help. You can also go online to www.myfreetaxes.com. The website is another extension of the United Way's work.

"We know that so many of our residents are financially unstable and the VITA program really makes sure all taxpayers receive the credits and deductions for which they're eligible," said Rochester. "So we wanted to spread the word and make sure everybody knows about it."

The volunteers are happy to help and people who stop by leave happier too.

"I'm very thankful," said Hamblet.

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