Students assist community members with tax filing through VITA programStudents assist community members with tax returns through the VITA program (Memorial Hall 250)

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 volunteer, 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 e-filing program sponsored by the IRS for all persons with incomes of $56,000 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

  • Identification (driver’s license, passport or VISA)
  • 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 (wage and tax statement from employers), 1099s income other than wages, salaries, tips), 1042-S (Foreign Person’s U.S. Source Income), 1098-T (tuition statement), 1095, etc.
  • If you’re expecting a refund and wish to have it direct deposited, bank routing and account numbers
  • A copy of last year’s Federal and State income tax 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 hard copies of tax returns can be printed for taxpayers to take home, sign and mail themselves.

VITA Schedule

VITA tax preparation is open to the public on a walk in basis in Memorial Hall Room 250.


VITA times and dates for the 2020 tax year:

Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 pm until 5:30 pm
Will not accept walk-ins past 5:15 pm
February 5 through April 15, 2020 – except March 11 & 12 and April 1 & 2.

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