The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program

March 25, 2016
By Jeremy Hegle , Senior Community Development Advisor


Spring conjures up many positive images—more daylight in the evenings, college basketball tournaments, spring training and warmer weather, to name a few. For some, these positive images are offset by the thought of the April tax filing deadline—April 18 this year. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA), however, can make the tax filing deadline a brighter day.

VITA, a program of the IRS, offers free tax help to people who generally make $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities, those 60 and older and taxpayers with limited English who need assistance preparing their tax returns. Taxes are prepared by IRS-certified volunteers; in 2015, more than 90,000 such volunteers helped prepare 3.7 million tax returns.

VITA centers are operated by nonprofit organizations across the country. Center hours, appointment requirements and availability in Spanish and other languages vary by location. Click here for location hours and offerings. Also be sure to review this list of required information to take with you.