Free Tax Preparation Program
The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Initiative is an entirely volunteer-driven project; and are trained and certified through the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Every year millions of dollars in tax refunds go unclaimed because people are unaware of the various credits available to them such as the EITC, a refundable federal income tax credit for low-income working individuals and families. Find out if you qualify for EITC!
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program or VITA is designed to change this by providing the maximum benefits available to the tax payer and giving them guidance to lessen their financial burden.
VITA volunteers prepare and e-file tax returns for free to low- and moderate-income taxpayers providing the maximum benefits available to the tax payer saving them hundreds of dollars in paid preparer fees. The 2013-2014 City of Phoenix VITA Campaign had a total of 258 volunteers donating 10,500 hours of service which represents $236,460 in in-kind services to the program. VITA volunteers do meaningful work in the fight against poverty.
Earned Income Tax Credit Campaign
Since 2003, the City of Phoenix Human Services Department has endorsed a citywide community Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Campaign. Throughout the course of the campaign, more than 53,000 low- and moderate- income families have received more than $67.7 million in federal funds at free tax preparation sites across Phoenix. The savings generated through this initiative has helped Phoenix families keep over an estimated $11 million in transaction costs in their pockets!