What is the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program?
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is a partnership between BYU Beta Alpha Psi and the IRS. This program offers free tax help to people who generally make $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities, the elderly 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.
At Brigham Young University, our certified volunteers can assist individual taxpayers in many tax-related areas and activities. Our services include (1) Filing individual Federal and state returns using e-file, (2) Explaining educational credits and deductions, (3) Answering FAFSA tax return questions.
For the 2014 tax year the VITA site at Brigham Young University had 130 trained and certified volunteers give 2,120 service hours. Our volunteers completed and e-filed 1,516 tax returns. Total federal refunds were $2,141,835. These returns generated Earned Income Credits of $420,078, American Opportunity Tax Credits of $444,645, and Child Tax Credits of $199,093.
For the 2015 tax year the VITA site at Brigham Young University had 105 trained and certified volunteers give 2,475 service hours. Our volunteers completed and e-filed 1,653 tax returns. Total federal refunds were $2,185,962. These returns generated Earned Income Credits of $333,500, and American Opportunity Tax Credits of $491,504.
If you are unable to come in and visit our VITA site for any reason, please feel free to visit myfreetaxes.com for an online service to file your own taxes for free!
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