The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people who generally make $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities, and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals.
Greene County Public Library is once again coordinating with Volunteer Income Tax Assistance personnel to offer free tax help to area residents. Since first partnering with the library in 1986, VITA has helped area residents claim millions of dollars in tax refunds.
This year the IRS has changed the software used to create and file your tax returns. As a result, none of the “carry forward” data from your previous returns will be available this year when VITA offers its assistance.
It is critical that you have the following documents to receive VITA assistance:
- You must have your Social Security card and the Social Security cards for everyone in your family that you will be claiming. You will also need your photo identification. No family information will carry forward.
- Bring in last year’s return as it may be needed in order to capture information related to rentals, health savings accounts, IRAs, and so on.
If you do not have this information, the VITA personnel will be unable to help you.
For a complete list of needed documents, please be sure to review the “What to Bring” list on the IRS website before coming in for tax help.
VITA services will be available at the Xenia and Beavercreek libraries.
Mondays: 10:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Wednesdays: 10:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Fridays: 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Tax assistance takes place in the first floor meeting room, and patrons are seen on a first come, first served basis. There are a limited number of openings available daily. Hours for the tax service are subject to change due to inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances.
Select days in February and March by appointment only. (Registration begins February 20.)
Patrons must schedule an appointment for a VITA session at Beavercreek. You may stop by or call the Beavercreek Reference Desk at (937) 352-4001, option 3, to make an appointment.