WHO does VITA help?
The VITA Program offers FREE tax preparation and filing services to people who make $66,000 or less and need assistance preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals in local communities. United Way of Greater Lafayette, Purdue University and Ivy Tech offer VITA locations January through April. If your tax return contains any items that are out of scope for our program, we are unable to prepare your tax return.
A Traditional appointment will take approximately 1- 1/2 hours depending on the information and you will be with a certified volunteer as they prepare your tax return. A drop off appointment allows you to drop off the tax information (drop off clients must still fill out a completed intake sheet) and the volunteer prepares your tax return while you are away. We want to be sure we have valid contact information on record in case we have questions during the process. Drop offs are completed within 2-3 days. When you pick up your tax information a volunteer will explain the return and how it was prepared and answer any questions you may have.
Make sure to bring with you to your appointment:
- Social Security card or copy for you, a spouse and any dependents
- Photo ID
- All necessary tax documents
- Bank Routing and Account number for a direct deposit of refund
- Last year's tax return if available
what if i want to prepare my own taxes?
If you make less than than $66,000 per year and you would rather prepare your own tax return for free, United Way offers access to My Free Taxes. This tax prep software is powered by H&R Block to prepare your income tax return from the comfort of your home. This site is available to individuals or families with a combined income less than $66,000 in 2017. To get started, you will need:
- A valid email address
- Income Forms (w2's, 1099's, 1098's)
- And other items from the Tax Checklist
If you have a question call the MyFreeTaxes Hotline sponsored by First Merchants at 855-210-3763 Tuesday and Thursday from 2pm-5pm EST. For help outside of that time please call MyFreeTaxes at 855-698-9435.