Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

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Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) is an IRS-supported, free income tax preparation program for low- to moderate-income individuals and families. Community volunteers, certified by the IRS, help taxpayers prepare their tax returns at no cost and make sure they claim valuable tax credits for which they’re eligible, including the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC).

VITA helps taxpayers who make less than $60,000 per year and need to file a return for the prior or current tax year.

VITA helps individuals keep more of their hard-earned money and brings millions of dollars back into the local economy through refunds and tax credits.

All our VITA volunteers are IRS certified and each site has an on-location site coordinator who performs a quality review check for accuracy prior to a return being filed. 

There are two ways to apply for VITA services: in-person at select locations and curbside drop-off.

Who qualifies?

Anyone or any household with income less than $60,000. We offer our participants not only free tax preparation, we also help with:

  • Enrolling for financial education and coaching

  • Developing skills for the workforce

What if I am missing documents?

Below are resources in the event you do not have the needed items:

  • Photo ID. Any government-issued ID. A driver’s license can be obtained from your local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
  • Social Security Card or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN). Don’t have a Social Security card? Order one here. You can find additional information about your ITIN here.
  • Copy of last year’s tax return. If you do not have your previous tax return, you can get your free transcripts immediately online. You also can get them by phone, by mail or by fax within five to 10 days from the time IRS receives your request. Find out more information here.
  • W-2. A W-2 shows your wage-earning information and is usually mailed or emailed to you. If you haven’t received your W-2 by January 31, please contact the HR person at your company.
  • SSA-1099, 1099-R and 1099-G. Visit www.ssa.gov or twc.state.tx.us.
  • Cash Income Amount and Work Expenses. Visit www.irs.gov for more information.
  • 1095 Health Coverage Form. If you are enrolled through www.HealthCare.gov, this is the form that shows your household Marketplace plan. Learn how to access it here.
  • Direct Deposit Information. Please bring your bank account and routing number information. These can be found at the bottom of your check or deposit slip that is linked to the account you want to use. You also can find this through your banking app or online account, or you can call your bank for the information.

What should I bring to the VITA site?

Below is a list of items you will need to file your income tax:

  • Photo ID
  • Original Social Security card or ITIN for everyone listed on the tax return
  • Copy of last year’s tax return
  • All W-2 wage statements for 2021
  • SSA-1099, 1099-R and 1099-G
  • Cash income amount and work expenses
  • 1095 health coverage form
  • Direct deposit information

  

Curbside Drop-off Service

Curbside drop-off allows taxpayers to drop off their tax documents beginning in early January 2023 at the following VITA locations only.

  • Opening Doors for Women in Need - 3600 Horne St. Fort Worth, TX 76107
  • Grace in Grapevine - 837 E. Walnut St. Grapevine, TX 76051

Taxpayers must have an appointment for Curbside Drop-off sites.  No waiting rooms are available. Schedule your appointment online or by calling 682-428-2939.  No originals will be kept 

 

New in 2023:

Fort Worth Libraries offer VITA services

The Fort Worth Public Library is partnering with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program in 2023 to offer free tax assistance though one-to-one appointments. Services will be held Mondays (see dates below) from 1- 5 p.m.  Schedule your appointment online or by calling 682-428-2939.

Southwest Regional Library
4001 Library Lane
Fort Worth, TX 76109
February 6, 13, 20 & 27

Summerglen Library
4205 Basswood Blvd.
Fort Worth, TX 76137
March 6, 13, 20 & 27

East Regional Library
6301 Bridge St.
Fort Worth, TX 76112
April 3 & 10

 

Last updated: 1/9/2023

East Regional Library
6301 Bridge St.
Fort Worth, TX 76112
April 3rd & 10th

 

East Regional Library
6301 Bridge St.
Fort Worth, TX 76112
April 3rd & 10th