The Voluntary Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) will begin preparing returns February 11, 2019.
Volunteers will provide free tax preparation services to low and middle income members of the community. Volunteers will be available on:
Frequently Asked Questions
What is VITA?
VITA stands for Voluntary Income Tax Assistance. Trained volunteers will prepare federal income tax returns with
electronic filing for qualified individuals at no charge! Preparers are trained to handle the following information:
- Wages, salaries, etc. (Form W-2)
- Interest Income (Form 1099-INT)
- Dividends Received (Form 1099-DIV)
- State Tax Refunds (Form 1099-G)
- Unemployment Benefits (Form 1099-G)
- IRA Distributions (Form 1099-R)
- Pension Income (Forms 1099-R, RRB-1099, CSA-1099)
- Social Security Benefits (Form SSA-1099)
- Simple Capital Gain/Loss (Form 1099-B)
- Sale of Home (Form 1099-S) limited
- Gambling Winnings (Form W-2G)
- Cancellation of Debt (Form 1099-C) limited
- Health Savings Accounts (Form 1099-SA) limited
- Itemized Deductions limited
- Education Credits (Form 1098-T)
- Child Tax Credit
- Earned Income Credit
- ACA Statements (Forms 1095-A, B or C)
How do I know if I am a qualified individual?
This program offers free tax help to people who generally make $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. For more general information from the IRS website, scan the code below.
How do I sign up?
Tax preparations will be handled on-site at the university starting in February 2019. Contact information listed below.
What do I need to bring to my appointment?
To have your taxes prepared at a VITA site, the IRS requires that you bring a photo ID for the taxpayer and spouse, and for every persons’ name on the tax return you must present a Social Security card or ITIN. If you do not bring these items of identification, we cannot prepare your return. Of course, you will also need to bring all tax papers you have received, and we would like to see a copy of your prior year’s return. We will send you a checklist of typical items to bring after you make your appointment.
My spouse cannot come to the tax appointment. Can I still have my taxes prepared.
To electronically file a Married Filing Jointly return both spouses must be present to approve and digitally sign the return. In the case your spouse cannot attend the appointment, we will be able to provide you with an extra paper copy of your federal and state return for you to take home, sign and then mail.