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Free Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Returns

VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) is reopening after closing in March due to COVID-19.

Residents who earned less than $58,000 annual income may have their taxes prepared free of charge. Beginning June 1st through June 17th, on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 12:30 – 5 p.m. and Saturday, June 6th and June 13th, from 8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m. necessary documents can be dropped off at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 1101 S. Lafayette Street. Those leaving taxes will be texted or called to come back and sign their returns.

Volunteer Center Executive Director Ani Etter states “We are happy to reopen and offer this service to the many low to moderate income families who still need to file their 2019 taxes. In this times of economic downturn, more than ever, every dollar counts. The free VITA tax prep service provides the convenience of online filing and expert tax preparation at no cost. If you need assistance, our volunteers are ready to help.”

Documents required include all W 2’s, 1099’s, etc. received for the 2019 tax year, a copy of the 2018 federal tax return, valid picture ID, and social security or ITN cards for all members of the household. For a complete listing of needed documents or additional information about VITA, visit and click on free tax help.

Social distancing will be observed as well as precautions taken recommended by the CDC including wearing of masks and hand sanitizing.

The Volunteer Center is a non-profit organization that links community volunteers to area non-profits in need of assistance. They also manage several significant programs including Coats for Kids, Second Chance Legal Clinics, SNAP and the I CAN Volunteer Team.