About the VITA Program

VITA was created over 50 years ago to help taxpayers keep more of their tax refund in their hands and not go towards paying to have their taxes prepared. This is done by offering free tax preparation to those who are low to middle income, disabled, elderly, Native American, and/or limited English speakers.

Did you know…

For 2022 tax preparation year

  • 97 million individuals with adjusted gross income (AGI) of $56,000 or less
  • 53 million prepared their own income tax returns (54%)
  • 42 million paid for income tax return preparation (44%)
  • 2 million took advantage of free income tax preparation (2%)

Traditional VITA/TCE (numbers from Tax Slayer)

  • Returns prepared: 2,244,163
  • Direct Deposited Returns: 1,589,633 (71%)
  • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Returns: 314,149 (14%) – IRS wants this
    number higher!

Facilitated Self-Assistance (Self Prep)

  • Returns Prepared: 68, 060
  • Direct Deposit Returns: 58,230 (86%)
  • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Returns: 13,410 (20%)