CAPIC Tax Preparation Program
The IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) Program offers free tax help for taxpayers who qualify. Trained community volunteers may help with special credits, such as Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, and Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled. In addition to free tax return preparation assistance, we also offer free electronic filing (e-filing). Individuals taking advantage of the e-file program will receive their refunds in half the time compared to returns filed on paper – even faster when tax refunds are deposited directly into one's bank account.
*Qualifications: Certified volunteers sponsored by CAPIC receive training to help prepare basic tax returns and free tax help to low- to moderate-income (generally, $53,000 and below) people who cannot prepare their own tax returns. Rental Real Estate and Certain Self-Employed Small Business Transactions as well as ESOP transactions are not part of the training and cannot be prepared by volunteers.
For Income over $53,000 but less than $62,000 and/or Rental Real Estate, Self-employed small business and any other transaction not covered in the VITA program, we have a Facilitated Self Assistance Program (FSA) available for taxpayers to come in and prepare their own returns with limited help to answer questions and guide taxpayers through the preparation process.
The VITA Program offers free tax help to low- to moderate-income (generally, $49,000 and below) people who cannot prepare their own tax returns. Certified volunteers sponsored by CAPIC receive training to help prepare basic tax returns in communities across the country. We also offer free electronic filing.
Items to bring to the VITA/TCE site to have your tax return prepared:
It is extremely important that each person use the correct Social Security Number. The most accurate information is usually located on your original Social Security card. Each year hundreds of thousands of returns are delayed in processing, or credit/deductions are disallowed because names and Social Security Numbers do not match Social Security Administration records. To prevent processing delays in paper returns and rejected electronically filed returns, volunteers check the accuracy of each Social Security Number, as well as the spelling of the name associated with the number. If you do not have an SSN for you or a dependent, you should complete Form SS-5, Social Security Number Application. This form should be submitted to the nearest Social Security Administration Office.
If you or your dependent is not eligible to get a Social Security Number, you may need an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN).
If you owe, you can make a payment (by April 15) by authorizing an electronic funds withdrawal (direct debit) from a checking or savings account, paying by credit (Discover Card®, American Express®, MasterCard® or VISA® Card), or by check or money order (payable to the United States Treasury) using Form 1040-V, Payment Voucher.