Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

The mission of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program is to provide free tax help through the to low and moderate income individuals and families, persons with disabilities and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns from reliable tax professionals.

We achieve this mission by:

  • Partnering with IRS-certified volunteer tax preparers to provide free tax assistance to individuals earning less than $54,000 in 2017
  • Partnering with MyFreeTaxes.com to provide a free online filing service for households making less than $64,000 per year.

If you earn less than $54,000 you may be eligible to have your tax returns filed for free and qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).

Through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals. The earned income tax credit (EITC) is a tax credit for people who work but earn below a certain amount. A tax credit usually means more money in your pocket because it reduces the amount of tax you owe, resulting in a bigger refund. The EITC is considered and important tool in lifting folks out of poverty.

While the Greater Washington Area has one of the highest percentages of eligible filers taking advantage of the credit, there are still thousands of households not receiving their maximum refund, either because they are unaware of the EITC, or don’t have access to the tax services to help them apply for it. United Way NCA raises awareness and provides access to free tax preparation or assisted self-filing services around the regions.

In collaboration with our community partners and VITA sites, we provide low-income residents with free tax preparation assistance to help them maximize available credits and receive tax refunds. Last year, we mobilized volunteer tax preparers to prepare over 14,000 returns. Through our partnership, last year we helped local families receive a total of $17.7 million in refunds.

Additionally, United Way NCA has partnered with MyFreeTaxes.com to provide a free online filing service for households making less than $64,000 per year. This service is absolutely FREE. Go to www.myfreetaxes.com/UnitedWayNCA to file your federal and state tax returns. On average, filers using this service save over $2,000 in tax refunds.

  • Capital Area Asset Builders (CAAB)
  • Community Financial Center of Prince George’s Community College
  • Enterprise Development Group
  • Northern Virginia CASH Campaign
  • CAFÉ Montgomery

Sign up to volunteer as a Volunteer Income Tax preparer

VITA FAQs

  • How do I find a tax site near me?

    Locations will open in January 2018, please look back for more information at that time.

  • How much does it cost?

    This service is absolutely FREE. Go to www.myfreetaxes.com/UnitedWayNCA to file your federal and state tax returns. On average, filers using this service save over $2,000 in tax refunds.