The Voluntary Income Tax Assistance (VITA ) generally provides free tax help to people who make $51,000 or less and need assistance in preparing their tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers prepare simple income tax returns for qualified individuals and can advise taxpayers on special tax credits for which they may qualify.
Get refunds in half the time!! Anyone earning less than $58,000 can file thier taxes for free on their own and get a faster refund. That's Free E-Filing for both Federal and State returns:
Taxpayers who e-file generally receive a refund in half the time of those filing paper returns – even faster if they have their refunds deposited directly into their bank accounts. If filing Married Filing Jointly, both spouses must be present to sign the forms to file taxes electronically.
VITA sites are generally located at community and neighborhood centers, libraries, schools, shopping malls, and other convenient locations. The Providence EITC/VITA initiative features 7 locations that provide free tax help.
- Convenient & Confidential
- Must earn $51,000 or less
- Get help on taking Earned Income Tax Credit
- Get help on taking other credits
- Fast Refunds with E-filing
Items needed to prepare a tax return:
- Proof of identification—Picture ID
- Social Security Cards for you, your spouse, and dependents or Social Security number verification letter issued by the SS administration or
- An Individual Taxpayer Identification number (ITIN) assignment letter for you, your spouse, and your dependents
- Proof of foreign status, if applying for an ITIN
- Birth dates for you, your spouse, and dependents on the tax return
- Current year’s tax package
- Wage and earning statement(s) from all employers—Forms W-2, W-2G, 1099-R, 1099-Misc
- Interest and dividend statements from banks (Forms 1099)
- A copy of last year’s Federal and State returns
- Proof of Bank Routing Numbers & Account Numbers for Direct Deposit, such as a blank check (the provider's Social Security Number or the provider's Business Employer Identification Number, if appropriate
- Both spouses must be present to sign the forms to file taxes electronically, if filing Married Filing Jointly
Important: Each person must use the correct Social Security Number!!
The most accurate information is usually on your original SS card. If you do not have an SSN for you, your spouse, or a dependent, you should complete FORM SS-5 Social Security Number Application. Submit the form to the nearest SS administration office. If you, your spouse, or your dependent is not eligible for a Social Security Number, you may need an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number.
The Earned Income Tax Credit, sometimes called EITC, is a tax credit to help you keep more of what you earned. It is a refundable federal income tax credit for low to moderate income working individuals and families. Congress originally approved the tax credit legislation in 1975 in part to offset the burden of social security taxes working individuals and families and to provide an incentive to work. When EITC exceeds the amount of taxes owed, it results in a tax refund to those who claim and qualify for the credit.
Tax returns prepared by VITA volunteers are considered self-prepared by the taxpayer. EITC/VITA volunteers do not sign the tax returns as individuals. The return includes the Site ID for statistical and tracking purposes only.