FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Goodwill Provides Free Tax Preparation Services at Goodwill locations throughout the state for all qualified individuals

Honolulu, HI (February 3, 2015) – Goodwill Industries of Hawaii will be providing FREE tax preparation services to the public. Otherwise known as VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance), the service starts today and goes through early April. To qualify for VITA, individuals must make $53,000 or less per year and not own a home or business. It’s easy to register at one of our many locations statewide. Simply go to, www.higoodwill.org to schedule your appointment.

“Times are tight and every penny counts.” said Katy Chen, Chief Administrative Officer of Goodwill Industries of Hawaii. “Tax prep services can be expensive. Since VITA is free, families can keep their full tax refund. Last year, the average family Goodwill serviced claimed a tax refund of $2,175 per household. VITA can really make a difference.”

There is also another FREE option to file your taxes online: Goodwill is proud to offer MyFreeTaxes to individuals with an adjusted gross income of less than $57,000 per year.

Use the MyFreeTaxes URL: http://myfreetaxes.com to file both your Federal and State return absolutely FREE! Tax filling assistance is available for MyFreeTaxes filers, contact 1-855-MY-TX-HELP (available Monday-Saturday, 10:00am-10:00pm EST) or for 24/7 tax assistance, email info@myfreetaxes.com.

Visit www.higoodwill.org or call the number listed below for more information:

VITA Service Sites

Bank of Hawaii – Main Branch (February 17, 2015 only)
111 S. King St. Honolulu, HI 96813
10:00 am – 2:30 pm

Bank of Hawaii – Waikamilo Branch (February 17, 2015 only)
1617 Dillingham Blvd. Honolulu, HI 96817
10:00 am – 2:30 pm

Goodwill Honolulu Tax Clinic
1072 Young Street Rm 102 Honolulu, HI 96814
By Appointment:
Monday – Friday: 7:45 am – 4:30 pm
By Appointment and Walk-Ins:
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Saturdays: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Appointments and Questions Call: (808) 690-9801 Start: 2/2/15, End: 3/31/15

Goodwill Windward Community College Tax Clinic
45-720 Keaahala Road Bldg Hale Na‘auao 146 Kaneohe, HI 96744
By Appointment and Walk-Ins:
Saturdays: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Appointments and Questions Call: (808) 690-9803
Start: 2/7/15, End: 4/4/15

Goodwill Kapolei Tax Clinic
2140 Lauwiliwili Street Kapolei, HI 96707
By Appointment:
Monday – Friday: 7:45am – 4:30 pm
By Appointment and Walk-Ins:
Saturdays: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Appointments and Questions Call: (808) 690-9802
Start: 2/2/15, End: 3/31/15

Goodwill Hilo Tax Clinic
200 Kanoelehua Ave Suite 102 Hilo, HI 96702
By Appointment:
Monday – Friday: 7:45 am – 4:30 pm
Appointments and Questions Call: (808) 443-5838
Start: 2/2/15, End: 3/31/15

Goodwill Kona Tax Clinic
74-5599 Luhia Street Suite F-4 Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
By Appointment:
Monday – Friday: 7:45 am – 4:30 pm
Appointments and Questions Call: (808) 443-5839
Start: 2/2/15, End: 3/31/15

Goodwill Kauai Tax Clinic
4334 Rice Street #205 Lihue, HI 96766
By Appointment:
Monday – Friday: 7:45 am – 4:30 pm
Appointments and Questions Call: (808) 482-3190
Start: 2/2/15, End: 3/31/15

Goodwill Maui Tax Clinic
250 Alamaha Street Suite N-16A Kahului, HI 96732
By Appointment:
Monday – Friday: 7:45 am – 4:30 pm
Appointments and Questions Call: (808) 442-8908
Start 2/2/15, End 3/31/15

Goodwill Industries of Hawaii’s mission is to help people with employment barriers to reach their full potential and become self-sufficient. Supported by its retail operations and financial endeavors, its educational, employment and training programs have provided skills training, employment counseling, job placement and support services since 1959. Visit www.higoodwill.org for more information. Subscribe to the Goodwill Works! E-mail newsletter. Reach us at 836-WORK (9675), info@higoodwill.org, @GoodwillHawaii on Twitter, TheGoodwillHunter.com blog and Goodwill Industries of Hawaii on Facebook.

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