Free Tax Preparation

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program

2021-22 VITA Start Date: January 31, 2022

 Tax Deadline: Monday, April 18, 2022

VITA | Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

It’s that time of year again. Time to file your taxes! Do not be a victim of for-profit tax services that charge excessive fees. Take advantage of the Social Development Commission (SDC)’s FREE Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program!

Starting January 31, 2022, SDC will begin providing free tax preparation to Milwaukee families and individuals. To qualify for SDC’s VITA services, your household income must be $66,000 or less per year.

SDC’s VITA program is operating in alternative ways due to the COVID-19. Read more below about the pickup and drop-off options available.

VITA is more than just free tax preparation.

SDC’s free tax prep services help keep you from paying between $200-$600 for a tax return. We can help you save money and overcome the challenges of working with for-profit tax preparers! We want to put money back into the pockets of Milwaukee County’s residents. 

Our VITA staff and volunteers are trained on all of the latest tax law changes, and help thousands of individuals and families throughout Milwaukee County each year.

SDC’s IRS-Certified Preparers are ready to help you with:

  • FREE preparation and e-filing of your tax return
  • Screening to help you claim your Earned Income Tax Credits and Child Tax Credits
  • Online Self-Prep using FREE software with Tax Preparer assistance. No income restrictions for Self-Prep
  • Homestead filing

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For this tax season, we will not provide face-to-face tax preparation service to taxpayers. The following will outline our service offerings beginning Monday January 31, 2022.

Tax Years: 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021

Services provided: Free Tax Preparation – Federal & State; Homestead Returns; Federal and State Amendments of previous years filed.

Service Methods
Drop-Off & Pickup Model:

  • Taxpayer downloads required forms from the SDC website or pick up information packet at any SDC site.
  • Taxpayer’s completed forms with all tax documents are dropped off and picked up at the same site where prepared.
  • Taxpayer identity verification performed at each site when dropping off tax forms.
  • Return preparation and/or quality review performed virtually by phone or via Zoom.
  • Completed returns picked up by the taxpayer at the same site where dropped off or mailed.
  • Form 8879 IRS e-file Signature Authorization is required and can be provided using one of the following options: 1) signed in-person at the site by taxpayer 2) mailed OR  3) dropped off using the site drop-box.

Please allow up to 15 business day turnaround for the processing of your return before attempting to contact us. Please provide the drop off site location, the date of drop off / intake, and your full name in your inquiry. To check the status, please email us at vitainquiry@cr-sdc.org.

TaxSlayer FSA Remote – EASY, SECURE AND 100% FREE

No gimmicks, no surprise fees! This is a no-cost tool. This option does not have an income requirement and provides an option to self-prepare. It also provides you with IRS-Certified Volunteer support while you self-prepare. If you are experienced with other software such as HRBlock, TurboTax, TaxAct, etc., this option may be familiar to you. Again, it is a completely free option for you. To access, email your interest to MyTaxPrepBenefit@cr-sdc.org starting January 31, 2022. You will receive an auto-response with further instruction.

MyFreeTaxes

For people who have W-2 income only and a simple return, you can file federal and a limit of three state returns for free online with MyFreeTaxes®. MyFreeTaxes.com is a partnership between United Way and H&R Block. Simple tax situations covered for free in MyFreeTaxes include: W-2 income; limited interest and dividend income reported on a 1099-INT or 1099-DIV; student education expenses, credits or student loan interest; unemployment income; claiming the standard deduction; EITC; child tax credits; child and dependent care expenses.

Unfortunately, MyFreeTaxes no longer provides a free return to filers who are self-employed. Self-employed filers will need to report all of their income and expenses on a Schedule C form, which is not included in the MyFreeTaxes software. If you are self-employed, and wish to use MyFreeTaxes to file your taxes, you will be charged a discounted fee.

Visit IRS.gov for more information about the American tax system and filing taxes.

VITA Locations and Hours of Operations

SDC Main Office –
1730 West North Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53205

Mon, Wed, Fri: 8:00am to 5:00pm
Tues & Thurs: 10:00am to 7:00pm
Sat: 8:00am to 1:00pm

SDC Teutonia Office –
6850 North Teutonia Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53209

Mon, Wed, Fri: 8:00am to 5:00pm
Tues & Thurs: 10:00am to 7:00pm
Sat: 8:00am to 1:00pm

SDC Chase Avenue Office –
2968 South Chase Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53207

Mon, Wed, Fri: 8:00am to 5:00pm
Tues & Thurs: 10:00am to 7:00pm
Sat: 8:00am to 1:00pm

SDC Northwest Office –
9155 North 76th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53223

By appointment only
Monday – Friday
8:30am to 4:00pm

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Supportive Services

We are here to help those individuals and families find their pathway to success. We encourage you to check out some of our other services that may help you find your path, especially during these troubling times.

CR-Social Development Commission is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Service Provider and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation or belief. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. If you need this information interpreted to a language you understand or in a different format, please contact La Toya Jones, Equal Opportunity Officer, at 414-906-2823 or ljones@cr-sdc.org.. Callers who are deaf or hearing or speech-impaired may reach us at Wisconsin Relay Number 711.

SDC-Main Office
1730 West North Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53205
414.906.2700

SDC-Teutonia
6850 North Teutonia Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53209
414.963.2684

SDC-Northwest
9155 North 76th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53223

SDC-Southside
2968 South Chase Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53207

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