VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance)

Home / Serving Our Community / VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance)

VITA Program

The VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program offers free tax preparation and e-filing services to individuals and families with an annual household income at or below $54,000.  VITA tax preparers are certified by the IRS to ensure that clients receive all eligible Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC) and Child Tax Credits.  In addition, clients save money by not having to pay fees associated with tax preparation.  Through the VITA program, we help hard-working individuals and families in our community take advantage of their tax dollars and reinvest their returns back into Southwestern Indiana.  Last year, 925 tax returns were filed through our VITA program, generating $1,536,487 in state and federal refunds.  Many clients used their tax refunds to pay bills, add to their savings accounts, purchase homes, and make home or car repairs.  The VITA program depends heavily on a group of local volunteers who donate their time during tax season.  Last year, 55 volunteers donated 1,320 hours of service with the VITA program.

 

2019 VITA  Free Tax Preparation Locations 

By Appointment Only:

Monday Afternoons; 1/28/19 – 4/15/19 (closed on 2/18/19 for Presidents’ Day)
Legal Aid Society – 1 NW Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Rm 105, Evansville, IN
1:00 pm-4:00 pm
Call 812-435-5173 , Mon. – Fri., 8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. to schedule an appointment

 

Walk-In Locations:

Tuesday  and Thursday Evenings; 1/29/19 – 4/11/19
Work One – 700 E. Walnut St, Evansville, IN
6:00-8:00 pm (or until capacity is met)
Doors open at 5:30 pm

Tuesday Afternoons and Thursday Evenings; 1/29/19 – 4/11/19
TRI-CAP
– 499 W. State Road 62, Boonville, IN
Tuesday Afternoons, 1:00 – 4:30 p.m
Thursday Evenings, 4:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday Evenings; 1/30/19 – 4/10/19
United Way of Southwestern Indiana – 501 N.W. 4th St., Evansville, IN
6:00-8:00 pm (or until capacity is met)
Doors open at 5:30 pm

 

Drop-Off Location:
Clients can drop off all required tax information (see list below) to have their tax returns prepared at the following location:

United Way of Southwestern Indiana – 501 N.W. 4th St., Evansville, IN
Wednesdays; 1/30/19 – 4/10/19
11:00 am – 2:00 pm

 

Super Saturdays:
On Super Saturdays, you can have your taxes prepared and also receive free information on savings accounts and other financial services.

Saturday, February 19, 2019
United Way of Southwestern Indiana Office
501 NW 4th Street, Evansville
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Saturday, March 9, 2019
Warrick County Location TBD
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Saturday, April 6, 2019
Location TBD
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

All locations are handicapped accessible.

 

What to Bring to Your Tax Preparation Appointment

  • All Tax information forms (W-2, 1099, 1098)
  • Proof of Insurance form (1095 A, B, or C)
  • Social Security Cards or ITIN letters for you and all persons you are claiming on your tax return:  Required
  • Proof of identity (valid driver’s license or other government issued photo ID):  Required
  • Child Care Provider Information
  • Last year’s taxes if available
  • Real estate property tax receipt (if applicable)
  • Landlord’s name, address, and amount of rent paid in 2018 (if applicable)
  • Bank routing number and account number for direct deposit
  • If married, both spouses must be present
For more information, contact 2-1-1, 812-421-2800, or lhill@unitedwayswi.org

 

We’re looking for VITA volunteers for the 2019 tax season

As a VITA volunteer, you have an immediate impact on the lives of the people served through this free tax prep program.  No prior tax preparation experience is necessary, and volunteer times are flexible.  Volunteers receive free training and are certified by the IRS to ensure all families and individuals who are served through the VITA program receive all eligible tax credits and deductions.  Currently, we need volunteers to fill the following positions:

  • Greeters
  • Preparers
  • Site Coordinators
  • Supply Clerks
  • Story Collectors

For detailed information about all VITA volunteer opportunities and to register, visit: https://unitedwayswi.galaxydigital.com/need/?fbclid=IwAR2r4GzScrsuMbj3o-cuJlYJ2c6D3Xzuq9wwcLJDkVRoBMaPBNu4KYT_DkU.

2019 VITA Volunteer Training Session Dates

  • Training for VITA volunteers will take place at the United Way office located at 501 NW 4th Street, Evansville, from 6:00 – 9:00 P.M. on the following dates:

Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Tuesday, January 22, 2019


Become a VITA Greeter or Preparer