Students assist community members with tax returns through the VITA program.
Students assist community members with tax returns through the VITA program.

Through the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, accounting students use their tax knowledge to provide free tax assistance to other students–including international students with special treaty requirements, and low income and elderly individuals in the area who are unfamiliar and uncomfortable with tax law and filing requirements.

To participate, students must complete Tax I and pass the IRS certification tests, as well as donate 40 hours of community service during spring semester.

VITA offers not only free preparation, but also free e-filing for those who qualify. With e-filing and direct deposit, those who qualify for a refund usually receive it in 8-10 days.

Who Qualifies for Services?

VITA is a free tax preparation and efiling program sponsored by the IRS for all persons with incomes of $50,000 or less.  Many of our clients qualify for earned income tax credit (EITC).  For these qualifying persons EITC means that they may receive a refundable credit of more than the taxes withheld.

What to Bring the VITA Session

  • Birth dates and Social Security numbers for you, spouse and dependents
  • Current year’s tax package (if you received one)
  • All tax documents from employers and financial institutions, such as W-2s, 1099s, 1042-S, 1098-T, etc.
  • If you’re expecting a refund and wish to have it direct deposited, bank routing and account number
  • A copy of last year’s Federal and State returns if available
  • Total paid for day care provider and the day care provider’s Social Security number or business Employer identification number

Taxpayers must be present to sign forms for e-file, or we can print out hard copies for taxpayers to take home, sign and mail themselves.

VITA Schedule

VITA sessions are open to the public on a walk in basis and are held Wednesdays and Thursdays, beginning on February 4, 2015 and ending on April 15, 2015.

Please note that there will be no tax preparation service during the week of March 9, 2015 due to spring break.