Free Tax Preparation

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program

2020-21 VITA Start Date: February 1, 2021

 Tax Deadline: April 15, 2021

It’s that time of year again. Time to file your taxes! But don’t worry; it’s not as bad as it seems. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is operating in alternative ways due to the COVID-19. The traditional Face-to-face Tax Preparation service will not be offered this tax season.

 

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.

Learn more about VITA

 

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.

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 authentication 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.
Download the 2021 VITA Forms

 

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. Stay tuned for more information in the coming days.

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.

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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