Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) offers free tax preparation for individuals and families whose incomes are $54,000 or less. IRS certified volunteers file the returns electronically and can complete both federal and state forms.
IRS rules place limitations on the types of returns that can be completed by the sites. if your return will include farm income, rental income, contract sale of property, business operating expenses exceeding $25,000, depreciation schedules, moving expenses, debt cancelation due to bankruptcy, or loss from a business, you should use a professional service.
Refunds can be deposited directly into checking or savings accounts and are usually received within 21 days.. The PATH Act of 2015 requires additional screening of returns that include Earned Income Credits and Advanced Child Tax Credits, that refunds will be delayed. The earliest a refund deposit, that includes the credits, can be expected is February 27th.
VITA sites and phone numbers in Extension Areas 14 and 19 are:

  • Wayne County Extension & Outreach site located in Corydon-641-872-1755
  • United Way of Wapello County sites located in Ottumwa and Fairfield-641-682-1264
  • United Way of Mahaska County site located in Oskaloosa- 641-672-1169
  • Poweshiek County Extension & Outreach site located in Grinnell- 641-623-5188
  • Jasper County RSVP site located in Newton - 211

The average consumer pays $114 to have their return completed. Using the volunteer services eliminates this cost and ensures you have submitted the forms required to receive tax credits.
Funding for site operations is provided by the Iowa Center for Economic Success.

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