VITA

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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 return January of 2021

United Way of Racine County will offer a fully virtual option to access the VITA program and receive assistance from our IRS certified volunteers. All updated information will be provided here as tax season gets closer.

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What to Have Ready for next tax season

  • 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. Returns cannot be completed until 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 if you receive health insurance through the Marketplace.
  • Any other tax document(s) you’ve received.
  • Bank information for direct deposit (routing and account number).

Homestead credit is available to Wisconsin residents with an income under $24,680. If filing for Homestead, you will also need:

  • Your property tax bill or rent certificate
  • Social security benefits, including:
    • federal and state SSI
    • SSI-E
    • SSD
    • caretaker supplement payments
  • Wisconsin Works payment documents
  • Child support amount received from the year you are filing.

I Want to Volunteer for VITA

As a VITA volunteer, you can make a difference in the lives of Racine County residents. Multiple virtual and in-person (tentative) volunteer positions are available:

  • Greeters/screeners welcome tax filers to the VITA site and ensure that tax filers have all the information needed to complete their tax returns. 
  • Bilingual interpreters work alongside clients and preparers to interpret their conversations. 
  • Tax preparers are the backbone of the program. They must complete training and certification at a basic level. Training is web-based and free and can be completed on your own time, at your own pace. 
  • Site coordinators and assistant site coordinators ensure that VITA rules and regulations are followed at every site and assist the site's volunteers and clients. Requires advanced certification and additional training.

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