VITA is Vital

You don’t need to pay $240 or more for simple tax preparation. IRS-certified volunteers will prepare your taxes and ensure you get the largest refund for which you qualify. You may also be eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) when you file. 

TAX-A-THON 2023

Have your federal tax return prepared, e-filed & direct deposited for FREE at one of our upcoming Tax-a-thons! Taking place at Hillsborough Community College on Saturday, Feb. 4 from 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. and at the United Way Suncoast Sarasota office on Feb. 11 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Book your appointment below. Walk-ins welcome – based upon availability.

Book Your VITA in-person Appointment Below or by Calling 833-897-8482

DOCUMENTS NEEDED
    • Federal Photo IDs (If filing jointly, both spouses must be present WITH ID.)
    • ORIGINAL Social Security cards and correct birthdates for all family members
    • If you have received a notice or letter from the IRS, please bring it with you.
    • Click link for additional Documents Needed

FILE IN-PERSON – Call site directly to schedule an appointment as we cannot accept walk-ins

DESOTO COUNTY
All Faiths Food Bank (Drop off)
June 28th to October 31st
941-379-6333 ext. 21305

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY
Hillsborough Community College

June 7th to August 4th 
September 9th to November 4th
813-389-2950

Sulphur Springs Resource Center
August 24th to November 2nd
813-389-2950

PINELLAS COUNTY
Daystar Life Center
June 8th to November 9th
813-389-2950

SARASOTA COUNTY
United Way Suncoast (Sarasota)
June 7th to November 1st
941-366-2686

FILE YOUR OWN TAXES FOR FREE 

Free remote tax filing is available from the comfort of your own home while still having access to help from our certified volunteers.
This is the right option for you if:
    • Your AGI (Adjusted Gross Income) is $73,000 or less
    • You are only filing for 2022 (not previous years)
    • You’re comfortable using online tax services
    • Your tax situation is simple/straightforward
Visit our FAQ page for answers to frequently asked questions about preparing your own tax return.
Preparing your return, but have questions? Enter your question and an IRS-certified volunteer will be in touch within two business days.

2023 VITA SITES – ADDITIONAL SERVICES

OPEN A BANK ACCOUNT
Direct deposit is a safer and faster way to receive your tax refund. Make sure you have your bank account number and routing number available
before visiting our VITA sites. A safe and affordable checking account helps you receive and manage your tax refund. If you do not have a
checking account, we recommend using the insured, no overdraft, and low fee checking accounts through Bank On Suncoast.
GET more information
FINANCIAL COACHING
Do you have one or more financial goals? At no cost, a United Way Suncoast Financial Coach can help you improve your credit score, start
saving for a car or education, create a realistic spending plan or cross another financial hurdle. A Financial Coach is a partner who can help you
develop an action plan to turn financial goals into accomplishments. Your coach will work according to your schedule and personal needs to provide
accountability and encouragement.
CLICK HERE to be matched with a financial coach
LEGAL ASSISTANCE FOR TAX ISSUES
Taxpayer clinics help taxpayers by providing legal representation in tax disputes with the IRS including audits, appeals, collection matters, and
federal tax litigation. They can also help taxpayers respond to IRS notices and correct account problems. If you owe a balance that you cannot pay,
received a letter from the IRS, or have any other issues regarding your tax obligations, contact Legal Aid for more information.
CONNECT TO Bay Area Legal Services in Hillsborough County
CONNECT TO Gulfcoast Legal Services in Pinellas and Sarasota Counties
HOUSING ASSISTANCE
Are you behind on rent or mortgage, or facing eviction due to hardships caused by COVID-19? Financial and legal assistance may be available to
help you stay in your home.
LEARN MORE about housing and legal assistance.
ITIN (INDIVIDUAL TAXPAYER IDENTIFICATION NUMBER)                                                                                                                                                                            If you do not have a social security number, or you are undocumented and need to file your taxes, you can process your ITIN with us.
LEARN MORE – English
LEARN MORE –  Spanish

You Can Put The ‘Volunteer’ In Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

VITA is an IRS program that utilizes certified volunteers to help provide free and accurate tax preparation services to low- to moderate-income taxpayers. These services are provided at a variety of public locations such as libraries, schools, and neighborhood centers in certain high-need areas. VITA has been instrumental in helping ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) households receive thousands of dollars in additional refunds.

Direct Deposit Information

Using direct deposit is the safest and fastest way to receive your tax refund. You will need an account number and a routing number from a bank or a credit union to set up direct deposit. Please see our Bank On Suncoast page for a recommended list of no-overdraft and low-cost checking accounts available in the Suncoast region. Open a Bank On certified checking account online today or at any of the locations listed.

 

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