Free Tax PreparationVITA-Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program
VITA | Volunteer Income Tax Assistance
In an effort to promote financial stability and asset building in our community, the Milwaukee Asset Building VITA Coalition together with IRS-certified volunteers provide free income tax preparation assistance to low-to-moderate income families by accessing refundable credits such as child tax credit and Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC). Research shows that EITC lifts more children out of poverty than any federal program. According to the IRS, 25% of taxpayers who qualify for the credit do not apply for it.
For more than 19 years, the Social Development Commission (SDC) has operated the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program providing FREE tax preparation and electronic filing services to individuals and families of Milwaukee County and surrounding neighbors who makes $58,000 or less. The program is designed to provide taxpayers with a better option, avoiding exorbitant tax preparation fees and the ability to redirect these resources to meet other household needs. The service provides families with a financial boost to begin saving for unexpected expenses which would ultimately avoid predatory lending and promote emergency savings.
VITA is more than just FREE tax preparation. It promotes self-sufficiency through wealth building and debt-reduction outreach programs for those outside the financial mainstream. The program links interested clients to financial institutions at SDC “Super Site” locations. Financial institutions, which include banks and credit unions, provide information on the benefits of checking and savings accounts and open accounts on the spot. They also provide consultation on how to begin taking the steps to make that dream of home ownership, starting a business, or investing come true. In addition, clients have access to certified SDC staff that determine qualification for public health benefits, marketplace insurance enrollment options and assist with completing and processing applications.
Customers that access free tax services through SDC’s VITA, program are able to learn about other services including Weatherization Assistance, career training, or job placement services and connect with additional asset-building opportunities. This includes participation in financial workshops, receiving one-on-one coaching, and participating in first time home buyer education. Many of these programs are available within SDC. Others are provided by community partners that collaborate with SDC to maximize the impact we make. Customers learn about the availability of supportive services through informational (multilingual) flyers, posters, and brochures, posts on various social media platforms that tell the stories of the impact of our customers, and through the collaborative efforts of SDC with other community agencies that also serve low-income residents.
All VITA Locations Are Closed
All VITA sites are closed due to preventive measures being taken due to the coronavirus. In the meantime, we encourage people to take advantage of myfreetaxes.com to file individual taxes for free online for those that meet the filing requirements.
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