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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 services are not available for taxpayers filing married filing joint or own rental property.
  • VITA volunteers are able to prepare returns for tax years 2014 through current tax year.

 

NAVIGATION

What is VITA?
Become a VITA volunteer
How to receive VITA's services
•  Locations
•  What to bring

 

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 2019 (1/5, 1/12, and 1/19). A commitment of one 2-4 hour shift 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 28, 2019.

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.

 

HOW TO RECEIVE VITA'S SERVICES

Tax Assistance Tuesdays

VITA 's services aren't limited to tax season.  Volunteers continue to provide tax support to Racine County resients filing after the tax deadline.

Appointments are available through July 31, 2018 to help with:

  • free state and federal filing
  • homestead
  • amended returns
  • IRS letters

Appointments required. Walk-ins not accepted.

To schedule an appointment, please contact Lori Riffer 262-456-6468

 

Racine/Kenosha Money Conference

New this year, VITA services will be available as a workshop. 

When:  Saturday, November 3, 2018

              8:30am - 1:00pm (Registration & light breakfast at 7:30am) 

Where: Knapp Elementary School

              2701 17th St, Racine

Pre-registered by October 26, 2018                    Day of the event

Adults $3.00                                                             Adults  $6.00  

Youth (under 18 years)  FREE                                Youth (under 18 years)  $2.00

Unable to pay?  Call us to discuss other options. 608-663-6332

Questions regarding VITA services can be directed to Lori Riffer 262-456-6468

 

 

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.
  • If filing joint, both taxpayers must be present. Return can not be completed until it is signed by both taxpayers.
All wage and tax statements, including the following forms:
• W-2
• W-2G
• 1099-R
• 1099-G
• SSA-1099
• 1099-INT
• 1099-DIV
 
1095-A or other documents to show proof of health insurance.
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 property tax bill or rent certificate and SSI or Wisconsin Works payment documents from the year you are filing. 
 
 

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