People Helping People
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program offers free tax help to low- to moderate-income (generally, $50,000 and below) people who cannot prepare their own tax returns. Certified volunteers sponsored by various organizations receive training to help prepare basic tax returns in communities across the country.
VITA sites are generally located at community and neighborhood centers, libraries, schools, shopping malls, and other convenient locations. Most locations also offer free electronic filing.
If you are an individual interested in becoming a volunteer, but need to find an organization in your area to link up with, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact information along with the city and state where you want to become a volunteer. Your information will be forwarded to the appropriate local IRS office.
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See volunteer stories below...
A single mother of a 2-year-old worked full time as a hairdresser but, due to last winter’s severe ice storms, was unable to work for several weeks. She heard about the VITA program and went to a volunteer site. As it turned out, she was eligible for a very large refund amount. When she saw how much she would be receiving, she tearfully thanked the volunteers for their help.
A senior citizen who was involved in a serious accident was worried about owing a large amount of taxes because of the settlement. After VITA volunteers completed her return, she owed only $51 and was so very thankful both for the assistance and for the peace of mind.
A military veteran picked up many of his friends who were disabled and brought them to a Veterans Administration hospital which was hosting a VITA site. When the volunteers learned the vets needed assistance in getting out of the car, they immediately moved the site to the curb. The curbside return preparation for disabled veterans was a huge hit!
A taxpayer who had been homeless for the past year arrived at a VITA site to get help filing her tax return. She was trying to reconnect with the mainstream population and was very grateful for the refund and the volunteer's free tax help. She was happy about getting current with her obligations, as an important part of taking control of her life again. Her current residence is a homeless shelter.