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 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 2020, the local VITA volunteers filed 1,800 tax returns and generated $3.5 million in tax refunds and tax credits.
Families and Individuals with an income of $57,000 or less are eligible to have their federal and state income taxes prepared by one of our IRS-certified volunteers for free. Our volunteers are not qualified to complete returns for those with rental income, self-employed income, active military income, stock sales and farm income.
Your taxes will be prepared by a local VITA volunteer. All volunteers go through a comprehensive training program and are certified by the IRS to prepare VITA returns. 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. VITA returns are processed using a secured software program provided directly from the IRS. Additionally, your VITA information is always considered confidential.
Free tax preparation is available days, evenings and weekends in numerous locations in the tri-county area during the 2021 tax season.
To learn more about the program, go here:
Contact us at 1-800-211-5128 to make your tax appointment. Operators will be available to make your free tax appointments from January – April 2021. If you are interested in virtual options for free tax assistance, email us at [email protected]
Join our network of volunteers
VITA couldn’t exist without the help of our volunteers. Each year we rely on local residents who volunteer as tax preparers at multiple VITA sites throughout Warren, Washington and Northern Saratoga counties.
We’re always looking for individuals who would like to help prepare tax returns, answer the phones and make appointments and be greeters.
Our volunteers come from all types of backgrounds and professions. Don’t think you have to be an accountant to be a successful volunteer. Our training program and easy-to-use software will prepare you to successfully help others prepare their taxes.
Our volunteers are offered a no-cost, comprehensive training program that consists of in-class instruction and self-paced study. This training will prepare you to take the IRS certification test. If you’d like to volunteer, click here!