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V.I.T.A. Income Tax Preparation

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  • The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is an IRS program designed to help low and moderate-income taxpayers complete their annual tax returns at no cost and take advantage of the Earned Income Tax Credit. 

    United Way of Lancaster trains a cohort of student volunteer tax preparers for this tax season through the VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program. 

    The F&M VITA site is part of the Lancaster County Money In Your Pocket Coalition. To learn more, visit the coalition's Facebook page, which promotes and administers the Lancaster County VITA program.The F&M VITA site is part of the Lancaster County Money In Your Pocket Coalition. To learn more, visit the coalition's Facebook page, which promotes and administers the Lancaster County VITA program.

Special Note:

International students with F-1 Visas can NOT participate in this program for federal or state tax filing. The Office of International Programs has the forms necessary for you to file your taxes. Please contact Dean Jackie Haring if you have questions. 

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How Can I Get My Taxes Done for Free?

Dial 211 on your cell phone, or call 717-291-5462 to make an appointment through United Way of Lancaster county.  ***Appointments made through United Way are REQUIRED.***

 
What to bring to have your taxes prepared:
  • Social Security Cards
  • Valid Photo ID
  • A copy of last year's federal and state tax returns, if available
  • Proof of bank account and routing numbers for direct deposit ( a VOIDED check)
  • All applicable tax forms such as:
  • All wage and earnings statements (W-2, W2-G, 1099-R, SSA-1099, etc.)
  • Interest and dividend statements from banks (1099-INT, 1099-DIV, etc.)
  • Any other tax related forms (tuition, mortgage interest, charitable contributions, etc.)

You can also prepare your taxes yourself online at www.FreeTaxPrepLancaster.org

 
 

Student V.I.T.A. Volunteers

There are two types of volunteer needs at F&M's VITA site

  • students who receive IRS training to become certified tax preparers
  • untrained volunteers to serve as greeters, translators, and assist with site set up and tear down. 

Questions?

To learn more about how you can become a student VITA tax preparer, please contact: '16, the student VITA training intern.  VITA is supported by United Way of Lancaster Co.