The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program is a national initiative to offer accurate, secure, and free tax help, to lower income households.
Branches proudly leads the Miami-Dade VITA Coalition – a group of 18 local organizations that operate 38 tax preparation sites located from North Miami to Florida City. In the 2017 tax season alone, Branches and its partners helped prepare 9,918 tax returns, securing over $13 million in tax refunds for our local community! Because VITA tax preparation is truly free, our clients also saved over $2.65 million in preparation fees they would have paid elsewhere.
VITA services are free, and most people who make under $54,000 a year qualify. All returns are prepared and electronically filed by IRS-certified volunteers. Their comprehensive training results in the highest accuracy rate of all tax preparation services, including big name paid preparers. This means clients can rest assured they are getting all the credits they qualify for including the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit (CTC), and other valuable credits.
Branches offers VITA services year-round through the United Way Center for Financial Stability located at Branches Lakeview, and Branches Florida City. Individuals can find the closest VITA location online, or by calling 211.
In addition to tax preparation, VITA sites also offer connections to other valuable free services like financial coaching, healthcare marketplace navigators, and access to low-cost traditional banking products.
Individuals who earn under $64,000 can also choose to file their own taxes online through MyFreeTaxes. MyFreeTaxes is secure, easy, and best of all FREE!
Volunteering with VITA Frequently Asked Questions.
Check out this video as to why volunteering with VITA makes such a difference!
To begin volunteering with VITA, click here.
For more information, please contact VITA@branchesfl.org
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