After assessing the potential risks associated with COVID-19 to our volunteers and tax payers, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is suspending in-person tax preparation services at all VITA sites effective immediately. We encourage those eligible to visit United Way’s MyFreeTaxes.com to file. The health of our volunteers, taxpayers and partners is our top priority.
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) is a national program sponsored by the IRS to provide free tax preparation for qualified residents. Locally, Tri-County United Way, Cornell Cooperation Extension — Washington County , Head Start Warren County, Cornell Cooperative Extension — Warren County, and the Moreau Community Center have partnered to create a network of VITA volunteers who serve residents of Warren, Washington, and Northern Saratoga counties. In 2018, the local VITA volunteers filed 2,000 tax returns and generated $3.3 million in tax refunds.
Individuals with an income of approximately $56,000 or less are eligible to have their federal and state income taxes prepared by an IRS-certified volunteer for free. At this time, our volunteers are not qualified to complete returns for those with rental income, self-employed income, active military income, stock sales and farm income.
Each VITA volunteer has been trained to assure that your taxes are prepared accurately, guaranteeing you receive all the credits to which you are entitled. When completed, all returns are submitted electronically for faster refunds.
Free tax preparation is available days, evenings and weekends in 32 locations in the tri-county area.
To learn more about the program, go to https://youtu.be/4Xy6tK3HN1c
To make an appointment for Warren and Washington Counties, call: 1.800.211.5128
For Northern Saratoga County, call: 518.792.6007
Want to prepare and file your taxes for free on your own?
MyFreeTaxes: If your income is under $66,000 there is a free on-line option that you can use. Go to http://MyFreeTaxes.com and use this professional, web-based software to prepare and e-file your state and local taxes at no cost. This is a great option for any taxpayer comfortable with using a computer and the internet or those without a free tax site in their immediate area.
Join our network of volunteers
VITA volunteers come from all ages and backgrounds. Volunteering for the VITA program is a great way to learn how to do taxes and help others. We provide all the training for you to become an IRS-certified VITA tax preparer. You simply need to bring your passion to help others! We have volunteer opportunities for phone operators and greeters as well. For more information on becoming a VITA volunteer click here!