VITA and TCE

j0316868_4The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs prepare tax returns at no cost for people with low-to-moderate incomes. Our VITA partners are looking for people who want to provide free tax help to others!

Don’t pay to have your taxes prepared. Anyone with earnings of $54,000 or less can have their taxes done for FREE. Trained and certified Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax-Aid assistors will prepare and file your taxes at no cost!

Click here to find a volunteer tax preparation site near you.

Do you qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)? Find out if you qualify for EITC by clicking here. This tax credit may be an option for workers whose income did not exceed the following 2017:

  • $48,340 ($53,930 married filing jointly) with 3 or more qualifying children
  • $45,007 ($50,597 married filing jointly) with 2 qualifying children
  • $39,617 $45,207 married filing jointly) with 1 qualifying child
    • $15,010 ($20,600 married filing jointly) with no qualifying children
      ** Investment income must be $3,540 or less

Do you need year-round tax assistance?
Mesa United Way may be able to help.
137 E University Dr, Mesa, AZ 85201 — Hours by appointment only
Please call 480-834-2113 to make an appointment.

BECOME A VOLUNTEER!

To volunteer with VITA , or for more information about the program, please contact
Bahiyyih Maloney
bmaloney@azcaa.org
(602)604-0640.

We are always in need of volunteers, find more information on volunteer opportunities in your area:

 Chandler click here

 Mesa click here

 Phoenix click here

 Tempe  click here

West Valley click here

AARP click here

Here are seven good reasons why you should volunteer with VITA or TCE:

1. You don’t need prior experience – you’ll receive specialized training and can serve in a number of roles. You can even help those who don’t speak English if you are fluent in another language.

2. The IRS Provides free tax law training and materials. You’ll learn how to prepare basic tax returns and learn about tax deductions and credits that benefit eligible taxpayers. These include credits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, and Credit for the Elderly.

3. Volunteer hours are flexible. Volunteers usually serve an an average of 3-5 hours per week. VITA and TCE are usually open from mid-January through the tax filing deadline in April, though some sites are open year-round.

4. VITA and TCE Sites are located in communities nationwide. Sites may be located in neighborhood centers, libraries, schools, malls, or other similar places. The programs offer free tax preparation and free electronic filing for both federal and state returns.

5. You can also help those who serve our country. Volunteers are needed to provide tax help to military personnel and their families.

6. As a volunteer, you’ll be part of a program that’s helped millions of people file their taxes at no charge for more than 40 years. Your help will make a difference!

7. Tax Professionals (enrolled agents and other tax return preparers) can earn Continuing Education Credits by volunteering as a VITA or TCE instructor, quality reviewer, or tax return preparer.