VITA

What is VITA? 

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) is a national program staffed by local volunteers to provide free preparation and electronic filing of tax returns. It’s an important service to thousands of individuals and families in this county with low-to-moderate incomes who are eligible for tax credits. 

VITA will kick off the tax season on January 26, EITC Awareness Day, by offering walk-in tax preparation at the George Bray Neighborhood YMCA from 4 to 7 p.m. Tax resources and snacks will also be available. Click here to learn more.

Call 2-1-1 today to schedule an appointment.

Appointments required. Walk-ins not accepted. 

Want to know what to bring?
Locations for the 2018 tax season
RACINE
Racine County Workforce Solutions
1717 Taylor Avenue, Rooms F and G
Mondays and Wednesdays
1 to 7 p.m.
 
Gateway Technical College
Racine Building, 1001 S. Main St, #206/207
Saturdays
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
 
Knapp Elementary
2701 17th Street
Thursdays
4 to 7 p.m.
 
George Bray Neighborhood YMCA
924 Center Street
Fridays
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
 
BURLINGTON 
Racine County Workforce Solutions
209 North Main Street
Tuesdays
4 to 7 p.m.
 
United Way of Racine County (DROP-OFF ONLY)
615 N. Pine Street
Second and fourth Tuesdays
10 a.m. to Noon
 
Drop-off tax returns are accepted at any site during hours of operation until March 17. Information will be collected by VITA volunteers, and your return will be completed within two weeks. A 15-minute pick-up appointment will be made during drop-off to sign documents and e-file.
WHAT TO BRING
Current photo identification (driver’s license, state ID or student ID)
Social security cards or ITINs for you, your spouse (if married), and any dependents you are claiming.
All wage and tax statements, including the following forms:
• W-2
• W-2G
• 1099-R
• 1099-G
• SSA-1099
• 1099-INT
• 1099-DIV
Any other tax document(s) you’ve received.
Bank information for direct deposit (routing and account number).
If you are not sure if VITA needs it, bring it along.
Homestead credit is available to Wisconsin residents with an income under $24,680. Bring your 2017 property tax bill or rent certificate and SSI or Wisconsin Works payment documents. 
Become a VITA volunteer

As a VITA volunteer, you can make a difference in the lives of Racine County residents. Multiple volunteer positions are available:

Tax Preparers
No experience is required. Training is webbased, free, and can be completed at your own pace. Tax-filing certification classes will be held on the first three Saturdays of January 2018 (1/6, 1/13, and 1/20). A commitment of three hours per week is required during tax season (January through April).  We offer a flexible schedule including weekdays, evenings and weekends. Tax filing will begin January 29, 2018.

Greeters
Greeters welcome tax filers to the VITA site and make sure that tax filers have all the information needed to complete their tax returns.

Interpreters
Bilingual interpreters will work alongside clients and preparers for a streamlined process.

For more information about VITA, contact Lori Riffer at 262-456-6468.