VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance)

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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
Transportation provided to and from the United Way office on Wednesday evenings from 5:45 – 8:00 p.m. via the TED Trolley.  Click here to view the route.

Drop-Off Location:
Clients can drop off all required tax information (see list below) to have their tax returns prepared, and then make an appointment to review their return about a week to ten days later. 

United Way of Southwestern Indiana – 501 N.W. 4th St., Evansville, IN
Monday – Friday; 2/4/19 – 4/5/19 (Closed on 2/18/19 for Presidents’ Day)
9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Special Dates

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 9, 2019
Vanderburgh County
United Way of Southwestern Indiana Office
501 NW 4th Street, Evansville
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 9, 2019
Warrick County
Ohio Township Trustee Office
4333 Epworth Road, Newburgh
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 6, 2019
Vanderburgh County
United Way of Southwestern Indiana
501 NW 4th Street, Evansville
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Homeless Connect
Thursday, March 21, 2019

Old National Events Plaza Exhibit Hall
701 Locust Street, Evansville
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

All locations are handicapped accessible, and will follow local school corporation inclement weather closings.

 

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

 

Thank You to our VITA Volunteers!

VITA volunteers have an immediate impact on the lives of the people served through this free tax prep program.  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.  During the 2018 tax season, 55 volunteers donated 1,320 hours of service with the VITA program.


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