Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA)
The IRS's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs offer FREE basic tax return preparation to qualified individuals.
The VITA program has operated for over 50 years, offering free tax help to people who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. This includes people who generally make $56,000 or less and who will be filing a simple tax return.
VITA and the TCE program offers free tax help
Particularly for those who are 60 years of age and older, specializing in questions about pensions and retirement-related issues unique to seniors.
VITA/TCE services are not only free, they are also a reliable and trusted source for preparing tax returns.
All VITA/TCE volunteers who prepare returns must take and pass tax law training that meets or exceeds IRS standards. This training includes maintaining the privacy and confidentiality of all taxpayer information. In addition to requiring volunteers to certify their knowledge of the tax laws, the IRS requires a quality review check for every return prepared at a VITA/TCE site prior to filing. They also assist taxpayers with the preparation of thousands of Facilitated Self-Assistance returns.
The United Way of Adams County is proud to partner with the IRS to offer this service.
In 2020, the UWAC VITA program ended early due to Covid-19, but was still able to serve 659 individuals or families to file their federal and state income taxes, resulting in $1,600,000 in refunds in the tri-state area.
The UWAC is also proud to offer financial education classes in partnership with Members First Community Credit Union.
These 1-hour long classes are meant to provide real-world information to help individuals manage and control their finances.
Do you know anyone who has claimed unemployment this year?
As of April 2020, over 23 million Americans filed for unemployment, and 1 out of 4 Americans received unemployment this year. We need your help to reach these individuals and make sure they know that unemployment is taxable income. We do not want them to be caught off guard when filing their tax return next year.
VITA Volunteers prepare returns with:
Earned Income Credit (EIC)
Child & Dependent Care Credit
Wages including unemployment & Social Security
Property Tax Credits