Greater Lawrence Community Action Council, Inc

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

Vital Help from VITA

Filing tax returns often results in tax refunds and credits for low-income individuals.  This can mean extra money to pay overdue bills, provide for families, or save for the future.

Our Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program is a team of volunteers who work with low-income people help file federal and state income taxes.  There program is free to qualifying individuals (those earning $54,000 or less).

Returns to the Community

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.

 

GLCAC’s VITA Program Stats:

  • Volunteers spent 402 hours preparing 2016 returns
  • 247 federal returns and 231 state returns were prepared 
  • Total of $542,217 in refunds claimed

 

 

When To File Your Taxes:

The program operates annually between Late January and mid-April so filers meet the April 15 tax-filing deadline. 

Volunteer tax preparers are available Monday through Thursday, 4:30-7:30 p.m., by appointment only at GLCAC 305 Essex St., Lawrence MA.

 

About VITA:

GLCAC is a recipient of a VITA grant from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.  The grant allows GLCAC to train the volunteer tax preparers and operate the VITA service, which includes the online filing of tax returns.