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 up to $55,000.
During the 2018 VITA season, which ran last year from January through Tax Day, volunteers prepared about 32,302 returns resulting in $47.8 million in refunds and $17.8 million in Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC) that went back to the local economy, and saved 9,500 taxpayers an estimated $11.3 million in tax preparation fees.
VITA is a vital part of helping low- to moderate-income individuals and families in San Antonio and Bexar County. VITA volunteers, who are all trained and IRS-certified, 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 certified volunteers receive 20 hours of training that enables them to help prepare basic to moderately complex tax returns. VITA sites are generally located at community and neighborhood centers, libraries, schools and other convenient locations. Most locations also offer free electronic filing.
Twenty VITA sites are open across the city February 4 through April 15, 2019 for free income tax preparation and electronic filing for qualifying individuals and families.
Individuals and families who earned up to $55,000 in total income last year are eligible for this free service!