Free Tax Prep

Our sites for the 2021 tax season will either be drop off, virtual, face to face, or hybrid. Please pay attention to calendars. We will try to distinguish the calendars as much as we can. Some may be 30 minute drop off slots, others may be an hour face to face. Some sites will have multiple calendars because they will act as hybrids. 

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers FREE tax prep by IRS certified volunteers to low-income individuals, persons with disabilities and veterans. It is a primary objective to help eligible taxpayers receive the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) to improve their financial stability. VITA also gives financial information and guidance to clients who are struggling to make ends meet. The EITC refund and service referrals help secure families against financial hardship and potential poverty. Through our efforts, Capital Area United Way (CAUW) will ensure income stability for families and strengthen the Capital Area community.

In 2020, VITA volunteers prepared over 6,000 federal and state tax returns across our 10-parishes, infusing households in our local communities with millions of refunded dollars. The VITA program contributes to individual and family stability by ensuring that qualifying households receive the EITC. Below is the qualifying data for EITC as published by the IRS.

 

                                             

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Items to Bring to Tax Preparation Appointment:

  • Photo ID (both spouses, if joint return)

  • Social Security Card or ITINs for each family member

  • W-2 forms for all jobs, and 1099 or 1098 forms if you have them

  • End of the year retirement plan statements (401K, IRS, etc.)

  • Child care provider name, address and tax ID number

  • For direct deposit, a voided check or checking account numbers

  • To split your refund, savings account numbers for direct deposit

  • Homeowners: Hazard Insurance Declaration page for LA Citizens Credit

  • Last year's tax return, if you have it.

  • Receipts for charitable donations, business expenses, etc.

  • 1095a, Health Insurance Marketplace Statements if you have them

 

Volunteers

Interested in becoming a VITA Volunteer? Fill out our volunteer request form!

VITA Volunteer Toolkit
 

MyFreeTaxes.com: Start Filing for Free Now 

Don't pay to file your taxes!  If your household earned less that $66,000, you can file both your federal and state returns for free using MyFreeTaxes.com.  Visit www.myfreetaxes.com.
 

Thanks to our VITA Partners and Funders  

                

      

Interested in becoming a VITA partner?  

Read more about our impact in the 10-Parish service area.  And email us at vita@cauw.org to learn more about the ways you can be involved!