Free Tax PreparationVolunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program
2020-21 Tax Deadline: May 17, 2021
VITA | Volunteer Income Tax Assistance
VITA is more than just free tax preparation.
VITA puts critical financial resources back into underserved Milwaukee County residents’ pockets and its beneficial to communities across the state that need it the most. The resources provided by VITA sites help to overcome the economic and personal hardships faced.
Many individuals go to commercial tax preparers when it is not necessary, paying between $200-$600 for a simple tax return. Our VITA volunteers are trained on all of the latest tax law changes, and they help thousands of individuals and families throughout Milwaukee County each year.
The following will outline service options that are being offered for this filing season.
Tax Years: 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020
Services provided: Free Tax Preparation – Federal & State; Homestead Returns; Federal and State Amendments of previous years filed.
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 email@example.com.
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. You will receive an auto-response with further instruction.
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.
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