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Be a VITA volunteer!

Volunteer Tax Assistance Program
VITA program removes barrier for folks needing help filing tax returns

For the 15th consecutive year, Opportunities is offered its facilities to host the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. The VITA program is one of several programs created by the Internal Revenue Service that offers free tax help to qualifying families. During the traditional tax season in locations all across the country, trained community volunteers meet with individuals and help them complete their basic tax returns, and also point out special credits the individual might be eligible for such as the Earned Income Tax Credit and Credit for the Elderly. It’s a way to help put much needed money back into the pockets of individuals that can be used for daily living or other expenses.


Community Impact At A Glance In 2016, 159 households were assisted through the Volunteer Tax Assistance program.  Earned income credits totaled $50,564.  Opportunities would like to extend our sincere appreciation to all  VITA volunteers who collectively logged 171 hours of volunteer time in helping individuals complete their tax returns.


About the VITA program

  The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program offers free tax help to low to moderate income people who cannot prepare their own tax returns.  Opportunities hosts volunteers from the VITA Program, who are available to assist Lewis County residents with income tax preparation services during the tax season.  These services are available by appointment only.  

  Tax returns are filed electronically, and volunteers can assist with claiming any eligible benefits that recipients may qualify for such as the Earned Income Tax Credit.

  Please note the VITA program is for the filing of "short form" returns only.

Be A VITA volunteer!
Whether you're a college student looking to build your resume, or career professional or homemaker, your talents are needed as a VITA volunteer!  We're already gearing up for the next tax season and need your help!  Our VITA program typically operates on Saturdays during tax season, and it's a very rewarding way to help out people right here in Lewis County. 

To learn more about how to be a VITA volunteer, email us or call 315-376-8202, option 1.
How to schedule an appointment



The VITA program has concluded for the most recent tax season; however we anticipate offering the service again in February, 2017.  Typically, individuals are served by appointment only; appointments are usually scheduled on Saturdays starting in early February.  To learn more about the program, including what items to bring to an appointment, click here.  (Once a new browser window opens, scroll down the page to see the acceptable list of items.)  Please note this information may be subject to change.


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