Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program

The Capital Area Asset Building Coalition (CAABC) is a collaboration of Capital Area United Way, local non-profit organizations, government entities, Internal Revenue Service, financial institutions, colleges and universities, and multiple other organizations. CAABC’s objective is to improve the financial wellbeing and economic self-sufficiency of working, low to moderate income residents, by providing free tax preparation, financial education, and to connect people with asset building programs and opportunities. 

The primary initiative of CAABC is the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.  The VITA program provides free income tax preparation assistance and primarily targets low-income workers, the elderly, and individuals with disabilities. 

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers FREE income tax preparation service by IRS-trained volunteers for low to moderate income individuals, the elderly, and individuals with disabilities in Capital Area United Way’s 10-parish region.  VITA volunteers work with tax filers to ensure they get the full refund and credits, including the Earned Income Tax Credit, they are entitled to.

How can I get involved?

Volunteering at a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site is a very rewarding opportunity and offers a unique way to strengthen your community.  No prior experience necessary is necessary.  VITA offers flexible hours and training; all you need is a desire to help families in your community.

Link to VITA Volunteer Flyer

What is the Earned Income Tax Credit?

The Earned Income Tax Credit is a refundable tax credit for working, low to moderate income individuals/families. It is determined and received through federal income tax returns.

Where do I go for free tax preparation?

VITA Site Location

 Address

City

 Baton Rouge Community College 

 201 Community College Dr.

 Baton Rouge

 Catholic Charities 

 1900 S. Acadian 

 Baton Rouge

 City of Baton Rouge  - Central 

 4523 Plank Rd. 

 Baton Rouge 

 St. James Parish Government 

 5153 Canatella St. 

 Convent 

How do I make an appointment?

Call United Way 2-1-1 for more information about VITA sites in your area.

What to Bring:

 You must bring the following items to your tax appointment:

  • Photo identification (for you and your spouse, if filing jointly)
  • Social Security card or ITIN for each family member
  • W-2 forms for all jobs, all 1099 or 1098 forms and information on other income received
  • Child care provider information
  • A voided check for direct deposit
  • Last year's tax return
  • Other relevant information about income and expenses