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Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

Filing season runs February 12 to April 15, 2021.

If you had a household income of $57,000 in 2020, you may be eligible for free tax preparation services. In the last three years, this program put approximately $13 million back in the hands of hardworking families in Acadiana through free tax preparation assistance.

This year, most locations are appointment only due to COVID-19. Please call to make an appointment as required. Locations and commonly asked questions are below.

Eligible individuals may also use MyFreeTaxes to file their taxes for free at home. If you make under $64,000 per year, you can file your taxes for free online using H&R Block’s easy and accurate tax preparation software. This is a great option for a variety of people, including young adults. If you have any questions while filing call the MyFreeTaxes.com helpline at 1-855-698-9435.

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?
Anyone with a household income of $57,000 or less is eligible for the free service.
What should people bring with them when meeting with the tax specialist?
  • Driver’s License
  • Social Security Card
  • W2s and other tax documents
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 Nicole Phillips at nicole.phillips@unitedwayofacadiana.org or 337-233-8302 x213.

VITA Locations

Lafayette Parish

Acadiana High School

315 Rue Du Belier Street

337-521-7950

Lafayette Parish

SMILE/Lafayette

501 St. John Street

337-234-3272

Lafayette Parish

Lafayette Library

301 W. Congress Street

337-233-8302

Lafayette Parish

Northside Location

Lafayette, LA 70501

337-233-8302

Acadia Parish

ASSIST Agency / Crowley

11 North Parkerson Avenue

337-788-7551

Evangeline Parish

Ville Platte Site

337-363-2939

Iberia Parish

SMILE/Iberia

722 Walton Street

337-365-8151

St. Landry Parish

Opelousas Site

Opelousas, LA 70501

337-418-7371

St. Mary Parish

St. Mary CAA

1407 Barrow Street

337-828-5703

Vermillion Parish

ASSIST Agency

407 Charity Street

337-898-9554

Vermillion Parish

Vermillion Visitor's Center

1905 Veterans Memorial Dr

337-893-2563