VITA

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

 

If you had a household income of $60,000 or less in 2022, have a disability, or English is not your primary language, you may be eligible for FREE tax preparation services.

You may also qualify for an additional tax worth thousands called the Earned Income Tax Credit. For VITA services call 211 to make an appointment with a local VITA site near you.

Looking for additional resources? Go to MyFreeTaxes.com for free filing information and services.

VITA FAQ’s

What does VITA stand for?
VITA stands for Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program and it offers free tax preparation utilizing volunteers that are certified and trained by the IRS.
Who is eligible for this free service? (VITA Qualifications)

You may qualify for free tax prep through VITA if one (or all) of these apply to you.

  • Your total household income was $60,000 or less.
  • You do not receive active military pay.
  • You are not practicing clergy.
  • You did not have farm income.
  • You did not own a business.
  • You did not have rental property income.
  • You did not have income from trading stocks or bonds.
  • You don’t speak English well enough to complete your taxes.
  • You have a disability.
What should people bring with them when meeting with the tax specialist?
  • Proof of ID
  • SSN Card for you, spouse, and dependents and/or Social Security Number verification issued by the social seciruty information
  • Birth dates for you, spouse, and dependents on tax return
  • Wage and earning statements: Form W-2, W-2G, 1099-R, 1099-Misc from alal employers 
  • Interest and dividend statements from banks (Forms 1099)
  • A copy of last year’s federal and state returns, if available
  • Proof of bank account routing numbers and account numbres for Direct Deposit, such as a blank check
  • Total paid for daycare and the daycare provider’s tax identifying number if appropriate
Do most people get a refund?

YES! Just last year we helped Acadiana residents claim nearly $3 million in refunds.

How many people took advantage of this program last year?

Over 3,000 local residents utilized our service last year.

When it comes to tax preparation, what tips can you offer folks?

Most people do not take advantage of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). We aggressively search for the EITC as it can garner over $6,000 extra on your refund.
Keep your refund safe this year by investing in a local Acadiana bank. Learn more about our Bank On program here.

For additional questions, please contact Patricia Cormier at patricia.cormier@unitedwayofacadiana.org or Hunter Leedy at hunter.leedy@unitedwayofacadiana.org.

VITA Locations

Appointments are required at ALL VITA locations. 

Acadia Parish

ASSIST Agency

11 North Parkerson Avenue

(337) 788-7551

Lafayette Parish

Lafayette Public Library Main Branch

301 W Congress St.

(337) 233-3414

Lafayette Parish

LPL West Regional Library

501 Old Spanish Trail

Lafayette Parish

LPL South Regional Library

6101 Johnston St.

Lafayette Parish

Heymann Park

1500 Orange St.

Lafayette Parish

Goodwill Industries of Acadiana

1225 Kaliste Saloom

Lafayette Parish

SMILE Community Action Agency

501 St. John St.

(337) 234-3272 ext. 203

Lafayette Parish

Acadiana High School

315 Rue de Belier

(337) 230-3757

Lafayette Parish

McComb-Veazey Community House

421 12th St.

(337) 233-3414

St. Martin Parish

LPL Breaux Bridge Branch

205 N. Main St.

St. Martin Parish

LPL St. Martinville Branch

201 Porter St.

St. Martin Parish

LPL Cecilia Branch

2460 Cecilia Sr. High School Hwy

St. Martin Parish

Parks Library

1012 Martin St.

St. Mary Parish

St. Mary Community Action Agency

1407 Barrow St.

(337) 828-5703

Vermilion Parish

The Math Depot

310 Park Ave.

(337) 800-7719

Vermilion Parish

Vermilion VITA

405 E. Victor St.

(337) 385-8502