By Michele Dotson  dotson.michele@minthilltimes.com

The State Employees Credit Union (SECU) in Mint Hill is offering free and low cost tax preparation for anyone meeting eligibility requirements. The service is available for members and non-members alike.

To be eligible for the free Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), a tax payer’s income must be $52,000 or less for 2013.

The VITA program is staffed by IRS-certified volunteers who will provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals in local communities. Volunteers can inform taxpayers about special tax credits for which they may qualify such as Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, and Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled.  […]