This year, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program has gone curbside to provide COVID-safe free tax preparation. Facemasks are required.

Clients will be able to arrive at a site, sign in, return to their car, and wait to be called. Once called, they will meet briefly with a volunteer, through plexiglass partitions, to have their tax documents uploaded to a secured IRS portal.

A local VITA Tax Preparer will be in contact within 24 to 48 hours to review and finalize the return. Valet VITA services are first come, first served.

“This year, through a partnership with GetYourRefund.org, we will be able to safely and efficiently provide VITA services in a way that we hope will be able to assist as many people in the community as possible,” said Theresa Jackson, Lowcountry Area VITA Coalition program coordinator.

Local sites include:

• Bluffton Library, 120 Palmetto Way, opens Feb. 22; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday’

• The Deep Well Project, 80 Capital Drive, Hilton Head Island; 4-6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursdays

• Beaufort Library, 311 Scott St., Beaufort, opens Feb. 18; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays and Fridays

Those who earn $66,000 or less, $120,000 filing jointly qualify. Anyone age 60 or above, with no income limit, as well as disabled and limited English proficiency are all encouraged to take advantage of this free service.

Last year, Lowcountry VITA filed nearly 2,200 returns, saving taxpayers close to $1 million in tax preparation fees.

The Lowcountry VITA Coalition, an initiative of Together for Beaufort County, is made possible through the continued support of the IRS, United Way of the Lowcountry, and Beaufort County Community Services.

For more information, visit vitalowcountry.org, email lowcountryvitacoalition@gmail.com or call 843-321-9071.