VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance)

  Free In-person Tax Preparation Assistance


Issue: Hardworking, moderate-to-low-income families in Central Georgia often lack access to certified and IRS-trained tax preparers, leading to missed opportunities to claim important tax credits. This disparity in tax assistance can have significant financial implications for families, hindering their ability to maximize their tax refunds and access asset-building resources.


UWCG's Role: United Way of Central Georgia plays a crucial role in addressing this issue through its leadership of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) coalition. In partnership with the IRS, UWCG leads the coalition, which provides free tax preparation services by IRS-trained and certified volunteers. By organizing and coordinating this initiative, UWCG ensures that working families with moderate to low incomes have access to reliable tax preparation services and the opportunity to claim important tax credits.


Impact: The impact of the VITA coalition is profound for the financial well-being of individuals and families in Central Georgia. Free tax preparation services are made available to those who generally make $64,000 or less, people with disabilities or limited English-speaking abilities, and those who are 60 years of age or older. IRS-certified volunteers offer free basic income tax preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals. Through VITA, individuals and families can maximize their tax refunds and claim the credits they are eligible for, providing them with much-needed financial relief and asset-building opportunities. By connecting hardworking families with certified volunteers, VITA empowers them to navigate the tax process with confidence, ensuring they receive the tax assistance they deserve. VITA's impact extends beyond tax season, as it enhances the financial stability of Central Georgia's communities, enabling families to thrive and achieve greater financial security.


Centenary United Methodist Church

1185 Ash St. Macon, GA
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:00AM - 3:00PM
To schedule an appointment, call: (478) 388-1956
January 23 - April 19


Georgia College & State University 

231 W. Hancock Street Milledgeville, Georgia (Atkinson Hall Room #110)
Monday, Wednesday 5:00PM - 7:00PM 
To schedule an appointment, call: (478) 388-1956
February 5 - February 28


For Veterans: 

VECTR Center
1001 S Armed Forces Blvd Warner Robins, Ga

Tuesday, Thursday 10:00AM - 3:00PM
To schedule an appointment, call: (478) 388-1956
January 23 - April 19

•    All Forms W-2 and 1099
•    Proof of identification for yourself and/or your spouse
•    Birth dates for you, spouse, and/or dependents on the return
•    ACA Statements – Forms 1095-A, B, C
•    For married filing joint, both spouses must be present
•    Information for other income
•    Information for all deductions/credits
•    Total paid to child and/or dependent care provider and their Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) (SSN or business EIN)
•    A copy of last year’s tax return
•    For prior year returns, copies of income transcripts from IRS (and state, if applicable)
•    Proof of account for direct deposit of refund
•    Social Security cards or Individual Taxpayer Identification notices/cards for you, your spouse, and/or dependents
•    Proof of foreign status if applying for ITIN


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