Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program is ready to help.
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA) in San Antonio is a coalition between United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County, the City of San Antonio, Catholic Charities and the IRS. VITA provides free income preparation for individuals and families with income of $60,000 or less.
Annually the VITA program prepares about 35,000 returns and returns $59 million in refunds to the local economy as well as $8 million in savings for tax preparation fees.
VITA is a vital part of helping low-income working families in San Antonio and Bexar County. VITA volunteers provide free income tax assistance to taxpayers, and help them claim important tax credits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit.
The VITA program offers free tax help to low- to moderate-income people who cannot prepare their own tax returns. Certified volunteers sponsored by various organizations receive training to help prepare basic tax returns. VITA sites are generally located at community and neighborhood centers, libraries, schools, shopping malls, and other convenient locations. Most locations also offer free electronic filing.
Twenty-One VITA sites are open across the city January 17 through April 18, 2017 for free income tax preparation and electronic filing for qualifying individuals and families.
Individuals and families who earned up to $60,000 in total income last year are eligible for this free service!
When visiting a VITA site for free tax preparation, all filers must bring the following with them:
– Valid photo identification
– Social Security Card(s) or Individual Tax Identification Number(s) for all family members
– All W-2 Forms
– Copy of prior year tax return (if applicable)
– 1099 Forms (if applicable)
– If filing jointly, spouse must be present to review/sign completed return
For more information or to find a nearby VITA site and its business hours, tax filers can go online to www.vitasa.org or call the United Way Helpline at 2-1-1.