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Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

Free Income Tax Preparation & E-file by IRS Certified Volunteers

Federal and Georgia Income Tax Returns

The School of Accountancy at Georgia Southern University’s Parker College of Business and the IRS have partnered to bring the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) to the local community. This is an annual partnership to provide free individual income tax preparation and e-file services to taxpayers. All tax returns are prepared and reviewed by accounting students and faculty who are IRS certified. 

The service is available to taxpayers with household income of $60,000 or less. 

Where:

City Campus in downtown Statesboro, 58 East Main St., Suite D, Statesboro, GA 30458 (look for the VITA signs)

When:

All VITA sessions have been canceled at this time due to COVID-19.

The service is available starting Wednesday, January 29, 2020, through Monday, April 6, 2020.

Tax Prep Sessions:

Mondays 1:00 – 4:00 PM
Wednesdays 3:00 – 6:00 PM
Five Saturday sessions* 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
(*February 8 & 22, March 7 & 28, and April 4)
*Note: There are no sessions during the week of Spring Break, March 16-20.

Note:  We operate on a first come, first served basis. We recommend that you arrive as early as possible due to the limited number of taxpayers we can serve during each session. Taxpayers arriving late may need to return on another day. 

What to Bring:

  • Photo Identification for you (and your spouse, if filing a joint return)
    Acceptable photo IDs include government issued ID, employer ID and school ID
  • For married filing joint, both spouses must be present, and both must sign the tax return
  • Social Security cards or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) document for you, your spouse and all dependents
  • Birth dates for you, your spouse and dependents
  • All Forms; W-2, 1098 and 1099
  • Form 1095-A if you have Marketplace Health Insurance
  • Information for any other income
  • Information for all deductions and credits (mortgage interest, property taxes, college education expenses, etc.)
  • Documentation from daycare provider showing total paid and the provider’s tax ID number and address
  • For direct deposit of refund, proof of taxpayer bank routing number and account number (such as a check)
  • A copy of last year’s tax return, if available
  • College Students: You will need to know whether or not your parent(s) or guardian will claim you as a dependent or if you are considered independent. This will impact your tax return and your parent’s tax return.

Certain tax situations are out of scope with the VITA program. We cannot prepare tax returns for the following situations:

  • Self-employment (Schedule C) with a loss, total expenses over $25,000, depreciation, or business use of home
  • Complicated capital gains and losses (Schedule D)
  • Rental property (Schedule E)
  • Farm Profit or Loss (Schedule F)
  • And other situations determined out of scope based on IRS VITA guidelines

Please note, due to IRS certification requirements and limitations at our site this tax season:

  • We are only able to prepare current year tax returns (2019 tax year).
  • We are only able to prepare Federal and Georgia (full-year resident) individual income tax returns.
  • We are not able to prepare 1040-NR U.S. Nonresident Alien Income Tax Returns.
  • We are not currently able to prepare tax returns for military or internationals, but these services may be added in future tax seasons.

Last updated: 3/25/2020