Income Tax Preparation
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance
Contact Information: 325-625-4167
VITA Program Coordinator: Willena Benson firstname.lastname@example.org
Cornerstone Community Action Agency is proud to once again offer FREE tax preparation assistance. Through our Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, trained volunteers are able to process your tax return…for free!
What exactly is VITA?
VITA is an initiative sponsored by the IRS. The purpose of VITA is to provide free income tax preparation assistance for those with low to moderate incomes, as well as those in rural areas. IRS certified volunteers will prepare your return for you for absolutely free. Many of our VITA volunteers have years of tax preparation experience, and are passionate about helping their fellow community members with their taxes.
Why should I use VITA for my taxes?
It’s 100% free! You pay nothing to the tax preparer or CCAA to access VITA services, and to have your return prepared. Many tax preparation companies like H&R Block or Jackson Hewitt may promise a rapid refund; however, these refunds often include costly fees. Additionally, these rapid returns are often in the form of high interest loans. You could end up paying quite a bit of money if you use these types of services instead of VITA.
Where and when do I go?
For 2020 filing season, the IRS will begin processing tax returns starting January 28, 2020. The majority of our VITA sites in the CCAA coverage area will be open starting at the beginning of February till around the middle of April. Please monitor this page periodically, as information is very likely to change. Additional sites will be added as well.
McCulloch County Area Site
McCulloch County Library located at 401 E Commerce Brady, TX
February 4th and 18th 3pm-6pm
February 15th 10am-12pm
March 3rd, 17th, and 31st 3pm-6pm
March 14th and 28th 10am-12pm
April 4th, 7th, 14th 3pm-6pm
Brown County Area Site
Brownwood Public Library located at 600 Carnegie St., Brownwood, TX
Starting February 4th through April 14th on Tuesday and Thursday from 4pm-7pm and Saturdays from 10am-12pm
Ranger College location at the Heartland Mall in Early. 300 Early Blvd #105, Early, TX 76802. Their location is behind all of the main stores like Hobby Lobby, Chick fil A, movie theater, etc.
Starting February 3rd through April 13th on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 1pm-4:30pm
Coleman County Area Site
Cornerstone Community Action Agency location at 114 Needham Street, Coleman, TX. 76834.
Starting February 6th through April 9th from 1pm-6pm
Comanche County Area Site
DeLeon Senior Citizens Center location at 133 N. Ballpark Loop, De Leon, TX. 76444.
Starting February 10th through April 13th on Mondays ONLY from 1pm -4pm
Comanche Housing Authority 404 E. Cedar Ave. Comanche, TX. 76422.
Starting February 20th through April 9th on Thursdays from 1pm-4pm
Also, Wednesday April 15th from 1pm-4pm
Taylor County Area Site
Rolling Plains located at 1150 Estates Dr A, Abilene, TX 79602
Starting January 6th through April 15th on Monday and Saturday from 10am-4pm
Tom Green County Area Site
Concho Valley Community Action Agency located at 36 E Twohig Ave B2, San Angelo, TX 76903
Starting January 28th through April 15th on Monday through Friday from 9am-6pm and Saturday 10am-2pm
Dawson County Area Site
Lamesa Neighborhood Center located at 603 North 4th, Lamesa, TX 79331
Starting February 4th through April 15th on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 1pm-4pm
Any Questions? Call (325) 625-4167
What do I need to bring?
Proof of identification (photo ID)
Social Security cards for you, your spouse and dependents
An Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) assignment letter may be substituted for you, your spouse and your dependents if you do not have a Social Security number
Proof of foreign status, if applying for an ITIN
Birth date information for your spouse and dependents on the tax return
Wage and earning statements (Form W-2, W-2G, 1099-R,1099-Misc) from all employers
Interest and dividend statements from banks (Forms 1099)
Health Insurance Exemption Certificate, if received
A copy of last year’s federal and state returns, if available
Proof of bank account routing and account numbers for direct deposit such as a blank check
To file taxes electronically on a married-filing-joint tax return, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms
Total paid for daycare provider and the daycare provider's tax identifying number such as their Social Security number or business Employer Identification Number
Forms 1095-A, B and C, Health Coverage Statements
Copies of income transcripts from IRS and state, if applicable
When you arrive at the VITA site, you will also be given an intake sheet. This sheet will ask some questions relating to your personal and family situation, and will be used to assist the tax preparer to ensure your return is processed correctly.
The VITA program is possible because of the Financial Empowerment Coalition serving 26 counties, and our community volunteers.