Free Tax Filing

United Way fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in the Midlands. We give people the financial education and tools to build a solid foundation that improve their lives and the lives of their children. Tax refunds are often the largest paycheck a family receives and can be used to pay bills, save for the future, buy groceries, etc. 70% of US filers are eligible for free tax preparation but don’t take advantage, potentially paying to access tax credits or deductions such as the EITC.

For those that qualify, United Way of the Midlands offers MyFreeTaxes.com, a free online tax preparation software through a partnership with H&R Block, and supports The Cooperative Ministry's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program

My Free Taxes

Since 2009, almost 1 million taxpayers in the US filed using MyFreeTaxes.com, bringing $1.4 billion back to communities across America in tax refunds, and saving individuals and families $191 million in tax filing fees.

United Way and H&R Block partner to offer MyFreeTaxes.com - a free online tax preparation software - to individuals and families who earned $66,000 or less in 2018.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

In the past five years, The Cooperative Ministry's VITA program has helped over 21,000 households with free tax preparation in the Midlands and brought nearly $14 million in federal refund dollars to the community. In-person tax preparation assistance is available to individuals and families who earned $55,000 or less.

The Cooperative Ministry will hold free tax preparation during the days and times at the locations below. Click here for a printable version of the chart.

What should I bring?

Click here for a printable list of what to bring to the VITA site.

  • Picture ID for individual and spouse.
  • Original Social Security/Medicare card for all persons to be listed on tax return or an ITIN card for those without Social Security card.
  • Birth dates of all persons listed on tax return.
  • All wage and earnings statements, for example: W-2 Form, Social Security Income (SSI), Pensions, Annuities, Unemployment Compensation, etc.
  • Any interest and dividend statements (any Form 1099s).
  • Copy of last year's federal and state tax returns (if available).
  • Documentation supporting a claim to a dependent exemption due to dependents receiving support from multiple taxpayers (divorced or separated parents), for example: Form 8332, Form 2120, or other valid documentation.
  • Child care provider's Name, Federal ID or Social Security Number, and address. Also, provide the amount paid for child care.
  • If you paid real estate tax on your home, bring your paid receipt. This is deductible even if you are taking the standard deduction.
  •  If you are itemizing your deductions, please bring a summary listing of your deductions and supporting details/receipts.
  • If you are taking college courses to further your education for a job, and you paid the tuition, please bring the tuition receipt and any financial aid or student loan statements.
  •  If you want to have your refund deposited into your checking or savings account, bring your account details (a check assigned to the specific account).
  • Forms 1095-A, B or C, Affordable Health Care Statements

Where do I go?

Tax Site Name Address Hours of Operation  Dates Open Appointment Info
The Cooperative Ministry

3821 W. Beltline Blvd.
Columbia, SC 29204

Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays
9 am - 1 pm 

Feb 4 - April 15

Walk-Ins Only

Cecil Tillis (Richland Library Edgewood) 2101 Oak Street
Columbia, SC 29204
Monday & Tuesdays
5 - 7 pm
Feb 4 - April 15 Walk-Ins Only

Crossings Community Church

2831 Clemson Rd.
Columbia, SC 29229

Mondays
7 - 9 pm

Feb 4 - April 15

Walk-Ins Only

Eastover Town Hall VITA

624 Main St.
Eastover, SC 29044

By Appointment Only
Fridays & Saturdays

Feb 1 - April 13

Call 803-353-2281 for appointments

Fairfield County Library

300 W Washington St.
Winnsboro, SC 29180

Thursdays
5:30 - 8 pm 

Feb 7 - April 11

Walk-Ins Only

First Nazareth Baptist

2351 Gervais St.
Columbia SC 29204

Feb 9, 16 & 23
9 am - 1 pm

Mar 9, 16 & 23
9 am - 1 pm

April 6 & 13
9 am - 1 pm

Feb 9 - Apr 13

Walk-Ins Only

Garners Ferry Technology Center

8614 Garners Ferry Rd.
Hopkins SC 29061

Mondays & Tuesdays
5:30 - 7 pm

Feb 4 - April 15

Walk-Ins Only

Harvin Clarendon Library

215 N Brooks St.
Manning, SC 29102

By Appointment Only
Feb. 18, Mar. 18, Apr. 15
4 pm - 6 pm

Wednesdays
3 - 6 pm

February 16 & March 16
10 am - 2 pm

Feb 6 - April 10

Call 803-435-8633
for appointments

Hyatt Park

950 Jackson Ave.
Columbia SC 29203

February 2 &16
March 2, 16 & 30
April 6 & 13

10 am - 2:30 pm

Feb 2 - April 13

Walk-Ins Only

Newberry County Literacy Council

1208 Main St.
Newberry SC 29108

Monday - Thursday
10:30 am - 3 pm 

Feb 4 - April 15

Walk-Ins Only

North Star Christian Center

711 Longtown Rd.
Columbia, SC 29229

Tuesdays
7 - 8:30 pm

Feb 5 - April 9

Walk-ins Only

1410 Sunnyside Dr.
Columbia SC 29204

By Appointment Only
Saturday, Feb 16
Mar 2, 16, 30
April 6, 13

Feb 16 - April 13

Call 803-736-9250
for appointments

Orangeburg Council on Aging

2570 Saint Matthews Rd.
Orangeburg, SC 29118

By Appointment Only
Fridays
9 am - 3:30 pm

Feb 1 - April 12

Call 803-531-4663
for appointments

SC Works Columbia

700 Taylor St.
Columbia, SC 29201

Monday & Wednesday
5 - 6:30 pm 

Feb 4 - April 15

Walk-Ins Only

SC Works Lexington 

671 Main St.
West Columbia 29170

Monday & Wednesday
12 - 4 pm

Feb 4 - April 15

Walk-Ins Only

Sumter Library Downtown Branch

111 N Harvin St.
Sumter, SC 29150

Monday & Tuesday
5:30 - 7 pm

Feb 4 - April 15

Walk-Ins Only

The Hub Learning Center

1234 St Andrews Rd.
Columbia SC 29210

Tuesday & Thursday
9:15 am - 1 pm; 4 - 7 pm

Wednesdays
11 am - 3 pm

Feb 5 - April 11

Walk-Ins Only

USC Law School

1525 Senate St.
Columbia SC 29208

Wednesdays
5:30 - 8 pm

Saturdays
9 am - 12 pm 

Feb 16 - Mar 30

Walk-Ins Only